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Funnyman Des Bishop will be going back on the road next month with a new show.

He will be combining his love of hip hop with a "newfound passion for drumming", so expect lots of new material.

Entitled Des Bishop Likes To Bang, the tour will start in Portlaoise on May 19 and will include Dublin, Galway and Tipperary.

Bishop has promised that it's "going to be a bit silly" and a bit improvised.

He said he was given an electronic drum kit as a gift and has now incorporated it into his new comedy show.

Tickets on sale now via Ticketmaster.

•More than €50,000 has been raised from the fifth Lindt Make Easter Sweet campaign.

Aimed at raising funds for Temple Street Hospital, proceeds will go towards buying equipment for the intensive care unit.

Part of the money raised came from the addition of gold-plated Lindt bunnies autographed by 17 Irish and international personalities and then auctioned off.

Among those taking part were Roger Federer, Rory McIlroy, Snow Patrol and Colin Farrell.

•Designer Ib Jorgenson, Helen Steele and presenter Brendan Courtney have joined forces to help launch Better Fashion Week. The week kicked off at Castle Market with a Fearless Fashion event.

The event will run until April 29 and will include a series of pop-up shops, exhibitions and industry talks, with fashion insiders such as Tamsin Lejeune and Dr Kate Fletcher taking part.

•RTE's online drama competition Storyland has launched its third round this week.

New webisodes of Hysteria, Student Teacher, The Begrudgers and Trouble Times Three have all been uploaded as they compete for a place in the final. Voting is open all week and will close on Sunday, April 29. The winner will be announced on June 5.

•Socialite Avila Lipsett will be hosting a party night in the Sugar Club on Friday.

Some sweet tunes will be blasted out at the Sugar Cane Party as three DJs -- Jon Jon, Lil Dave and Steve Reddytake -- take to the decks.

Many of Avila's pals are expected to attend and show their support, including Emily O'Donnell and Astrid Brennan.


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