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Lighthouse delight

IF you have a yearning for some Brat Pack and Breakfast Club nostalgia, head down to the Lighthouse Cinema in Smithfield.

The indie cinema is launching a John Hughes season later this month.

Hughes was responsible for the best and biggest 1980s films going, from Ferris Bueller's Day Off to Pretty In Pink. These are sugary-sweet feel-good flicks – perfect summer viewing.

The season starts at the end of the month and carries on throughout June.

GREAT Music in Irish Houses is back and this year it's bigger and better than ever.

The annual music festival lets classical enthusiasts listen to melodies and symphonies in grand settings, from period Georgian houses to candle-lit cathedrals.

Even if you can't tell your Bach from your Beethoven, this is a beautiful way to spend a summer evening.

The festival starts next month with the acclaimed Apollon Musagete Quartet singing in the magnificent setting of Killruddery House.

wwwDUBLIN'S Writers Festival is in full swing and the city is buzzing with literati.

Workshops, readings, performances and debates are taking place around the city.

But if there are two feisty and funny ladies we recommend checking out, it's Chris O'Dowd's other half, Dawn O'Porter, and Caitlin Moran.

Dawn will be chatting about her debut novel, Paper Aeroplanes, in Smock Alley Theatre (May 25), while Caitlin will be talking about feminism, pop culture and bikini waxes in the National Concert Hall on Thursday.

wwwBLOOMSDAY is around the corner and that can only mean one thing; it's almost time to throw on a straw boater and parade around town quoting passages of Ulysses.

If you really want to get in the mood of the era, it's worth taking part in the Annual Bloomsday Messenger Bike Rally.

Sponsored by Brennans Bread, Joyce enthusiasts will gather on their vintage-style bikes at the Wolfe Tone statue on St Stephen's Green before pedalling down to the Mansion House and presenting the Lord Mayor with a loaf of bread. As you do. All proceeds will go to the Irish Youth Foundation.