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Strictly come soccer

Celebs from the worlds of sport, TV and modelling were putting their best foot forward this week as they helped to launch Strictly Come Soccer.

The event will see celebrities take to the dance floor to earn much needed funds for the John Giles Foundation and Ireland's Street Soccer Leagues (Homeless World Cup).

Sixteen couples will be put through their paces in City West Hotel on May 24, with soccer legend John Giles and socialite Lisa Murphy casting an eye over their dance moves.

• Neil Jordan is one of Ireland's most acclaimed film directors. And it's easy to see why; from The Butcher Boy to Breakfast on Pluto and Michael Collins – his films have kept film fans and critics hooked.

To build the anticipation ahead of the release of his latest vampire flick, Byzantium, the IFI have launched a Neil Jordan Retrospective celebrating Jordan's best loved film.

The season kicked off last night and will end with Ondine on May 30.

• Wagon's Den star Katherine Lynch will trade her outrageous antics for something more literary today.

The Irish comedienne will visit Book Exchange at 11am in the Ballymun Civic Centre.

Katherine is the grand-niece of poet Patrick Kavanagh, author of On Raglan Road and Canal Bank Walk.

• Glamorous businesswoman turned TV presenter Norah Casey is hoping to inspire hundreds of women in business today.

The head of Harmonia Publishing is leading the inaugural Irish Tatler Business Academy at the Convention Centre in Dublin. The conference will include talks from stylist and designer Sonya Lennon and Dr Rhona Mahony, master of the National Maternity Hospital.

• For those looking to get a glimpse of Ireland's up-and-coming creative talent, Griffith College on Dublin's South Circular Road is the place to be.

The events begin on Wednesday May 22 with a celebration of style at the Griffith College Graduate Fashion Show.


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