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CONGRATULATIONS to celebrity chef Gary O'Hanlon from RTE's The Daily Show who has gotten engaged to his long-term girlfriend.

The head chef at Viewmount House in Longford got down on bended knee and popped the question to his partner Annette while they were visiting the Trevi Fountain in Rome.

The happy couple were inundated with well-wishers over the weekend after they revealed the happy news.

•Tonight will see the launch of a new compilation album released to help raise funds in aid of Pieta House.

Entitled Life Support, the collection of songs will be performed at a special gig in the Mercantile this evening and will feature acoustic performances from stars including Delorentos, We Cut Corners, EleventyFour and Ross Breen.

The album is the brainchild of Alan Jacques from Limerick's Live 95FM and features a total of 18 tracks including a contribution from Irish chart-toppers The Coronas. The album can be bought in Tesco, HMV, Tower Records or online at lifesupport2012.bandcamp. com with all proceeds going to the Dublin-based suicide prevention charity.

•POP duo Jedward were out at DCU this morning as they joined forces with Radio 1's John Murray Show to announce the results of the show's nationwide Beat The Bleep fitness challenge.

Aimed at assessing the fitness levels of first-year secondary school children and spearheaded by Professor Niall Moyna.

The pair recently stunned their fans by deciding to run the LA Marathon at the last minute during a trip there earlier this month.

They were joined at the broadcast from the university's sports complex by magician Keith Barry, alongside members of the Dublin GAA football team, who had the Sam Maguire Cup in tow.

•TributeS will be paid to fundraiser Derek O'Neill at the forthcoming Variety World Conference Award.

Taking place in the Burlington Hotel on Sunday, May 6, he'll be receiving the Humanitarian Award for spearheading charity projects in 11 different countries around the world.

A native of the Liberties, he's following in some prestigious footsteps, including Winston Churchill, Audrey Hepburn, Frank Sinatra, Roger Moore and Simon Cowell.

Also being honoured on the night will be charity queen Caroline Downey-Desmond, of MCD, alongside Dr Fin Breathnach -- formerly with The National Children's Hospital and currently with Barretstown.

•fashionistas will be giving their wardrobes a spring clean and giving members of the public the chance to nab some pre-loved items.

The Closet Clear Out will take place at Andrews Lane Theatre on Saturday and will see high street, designer and vintage clothes, accessories, shoes and jewellery up for sale.

The market starts at noon and admission is free.


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