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Crooner Imelda May may be an uber-cool rockabilly star but who knew she was also a prudent saver?

Well, the mum-to-be has just been announced as the face of the Irish Credit Unions.

She and her dad Tony, a former volunteer in the Meath Street credit union, will feature in a 30-second TV ad.

Imelda said she has been a lifelong member of her local branch and was "delighted" to be asked to front the campaign.

She is also expecting her first baby with husband Darrel Higham this August.

•Fresh from his stint on the Strictly Come Dancing live tour, former Neighbours star Jason Donovan will be coming back to Dublin for another theatre run.

He has just been confirmed as one of the big names in Jeff Wayne's musical, War of the Worlds for the New Generation.

Having previously played the part of The Artilleryman, he'll return in the role as Parson Nathaniel, the religious fanatic driven mad by the Martian invasion.

West End star Kerry Ellis will take on the role of his wife Beth and Kaiser Chiefs star Ricky Wilson will follow in Donovan's footsteps as The Artilleryman.

Irish Oscar-winner Liam Neeson will appear in the show for the first time in the holographic role of The Journalist, taking over from Richard Burton's narration on the original production.

The show will kick off in Dublin at the O2 on Thursday, November 29.

•Brown Thomas Dublin will host an 'Art & Style' event on Wednesday.

Many of the usual social suspects are expected to attend the bash, which takes place in the luxurious hall of the department store.

The event draws together diverse original work from 17 contemporary artists including Nicole Tilley and Tony O'Connor, with over 60 pieces of art on display.

•The party people were out in force for the Zebbie Awards at the Sugar Club.

There were plenty of familiar faces in attendance at the bash, an annual event created by the Irish Playwrights and Screenwriters Guild, including celeb chef Andrew Rudd, who created Domino's gourmet pizza for the guests.

Also there were director Terry McMahon, who was nominated for one of the accolades on the night, Colin Thornton and Love/Hate's Stuart Carolan.