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Yesterday saw a special lunch at the RDS to launch this year's Failte Ireland Dublin Horse Show

- THE FASHION savvy gathered at the RDS yesterday afternoon for a special lunch to launch this year's Failte Ireland Dublin Horse Show.

High-profile guests included Minister Mary Hanafin, model Georgia Salpa, the equestrian committee, RDS representatives and six riders from the Army Equitation School. This year's show will take place from August 4 to 8, with the Blossom Hill ladies day on Thursday, August 5, where one lucky lady will win a trip to San Francisco.

- A host of big names, including former Taoiseach Bertie Ahern and his good pal Joe Burke, stepped out last night for the official opening of new city centre oriental restaurant Abacus.

Some 150 guests, including former Big Brother star Noirin Kelly, Pippa O'Connor and Brian Ormond, singer Brian Kennedy, and Mr World Kamal Ibrahim, walked the red carpet at the new Academy Plaza hotel on Parnell Street before tucking into Champagne and canapes. Afterwards, VIPs decamped to Krystle for an after-party.

- ALL roads will lead West next week when some of the country's best known media personalities decamp to Galway for the annual racing festival.

To celebrate, Irish dating site AnotherFriend.com is planning to hold a special networking event next Friday, July 30, at the Ballybrit racecourse. Single guys and girls can sign up to attend a Singles Party with a difference in the Killanin Stand, with the celebrations kicking off at 5pm when the first race begins. Entry costs €25.

- POP newcomers Storyfold, will launch their second single, Behind Closed Doors, tomorrow night with a special gig at the Crawdaddy Venue on Harcourt Street.

Storyfold were recently added to the line-up for the Indiependence Festival held in Mitchelstown on the August bank holiday weekend alongside The Coronas, White Lies and Reverend & The Makers.

The band has only been in existence since April 2009 but through a succession of gigs across the country's most popular venues they have managed to turn heads and capture hearts with their eclectic mix of music.

- FOODLOVERS will experience a taste of what's to come at this year's Taste Kildare Festival next Wednesday when the official launch takes place at The K Club in Straffan.

The festival will include a week-long celebration of local flavours, countywide tastings and free demonstrations culminating in Taste Kildare, a day of fabulous food and family fun in the walled garden on Sunday, August 22.

- EXCITEMENT is building ahead of the official launch of new station Radio Nova, which will be broadcast from September on 100.3FM.

The station has just signed New Zealander Patrick Courtenay, who previously fronted a show on Dublin's 98, to be one of their main anchors.