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The Insider: St Patrick's Day celebrations

Tripod was the only place to be for the start of the St Patrick's Day celebrations.

The Dubliner magazine invited all their most opinionated friends to join them in the bar for a lively debate in the venue on the topic of 'What Has Ireland Done For the World?' Among those who took part were broadcaster Eamon Keane, Naoise Nunn and Ulick O'Connor.

  • Brown Thomas will be awash with style queens tomorrow for the launch of this year's Fashion Targets Breast Cancer event.

Taking centre stage will be New York designer Tory Burch, who will do the honours and unveil details of the 2010 fundraiser at her first public appearance at a European event. The style guru has been responsible for the wardrobes of everyone from Cameron Diaz to Leighton Meester. Actress Victoria Smurfit and RTE's Sonya Lennon will be there too. Proceeds will go towards Action Breast Cancer and Europa Donna Ireland.

  • X Factor finalist Stacey Solomon will be dusting off her finest frocks for her trip to Dublin shortly.

The giggly blonde has confirmed she'll be the special guest at next month's Xpose Live, which takes place at the RDS from April 9-11. The show will also go to Cork for the first time from May 14-16.

  • The new star of TV3's Animal A&E, Michael Hayes, was due to get in touch with his softer side this morning at a photocall in Dundrum Town Centre. The TV presenter was set to pose for the cameras with young Katie Costelloe from Finglas, a neurosurgery patient, to publicise Temple Street Hospital's Make Easter Sweet campaign. Things will kick off with a bunny hutch this weekend, with all cash raised going towards the hospital's Neurosurgery Appeal.

  • Marilyn Monroe fans are in for a treat. A new production, starring Derby Browne in the leading role, is coming to the National Concert Hall on May 8 when some of the songs from her best-known movies are brought to life on stage. Playing the part of Frank Sinatra is Stephen Triffitt with the pair belting out all the hits, including Diamonds Are A Girl's Best Friend and I Want To Be Loved By You.

  • He may not be as high- profile as his Jedward co-stars, but Louis Walsh reckons singer Olly Murs -- who took to the stage in Dublin at the X Factor tour this week -- is one to watch.

Despite losing to Joe McElderry in the show last year, Murs has been snapped up by Simon Cowell's SyCo record label. And Westlife manager Louis has said he reckons he has a bright future ahead of him and could overshadow his rival.