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Tommy Bowe's no stranger to cutting a dash in the fashion stakes, given that he launched his own range of footwear a year ago. He joined forces with Lloyd & Pryce to help create the line of 15 boots and shoes as he dipped his toe into designing for the first time.

And now he'll be lining out at the swish Dylan Hotel next week as he helps launch the new online shopping website for The Loop at Dublin Airport. The Monaghan-born rugby champ will link up with style guru Darren Kennedy for the invite-only event on Wednesday. Attendees will be treated to a preview of the Autumn/Winter collection with all the hottest fashions on display, alongside a whiskey tasting and a host of prizes up for grabs including a weekend in Paris and €500 to spend at The Loop.

•TV3 personality Sybil Mulcahy will be cutting her holiday short in order to jet back home for the Kitchen Retail Ireland Awards this weekend.

The Morning Show presenter is due to return to the Ballymount station in a few weeks time after giving birth to her third child Michael last April. But she's been spending her time wisely this week, with a sun-kissed break in the Greek island of Crete along with her sister.

Now, she'll be cutting her holiday short by a few days just to help host the forthcoming awards in the Four Seasons Hotel, which are now in their third year. Some 12 accolades will be up for grabs this Friday.

•Tomorrow will see throngs of thirsty beer lovers head to the Mansion House for the launch of the Paulaner Oktoberbest.

For the past few years it was staged in the IFSC before organisers took the decision to move it to the southside. Running this year until Sunday, visitors will get a taste of Munich's most famous festival in the celebration of all things German. There will be traditional Bavarian beers, pretzels and bratwurst. Admission is free but pre-booking tables is advised.

Meanwhile, Cork will get its own taste of festival fun. The Old Beamish and Crawford Brewery will form the venue for Oktoberfest Beag, which starts tomorrow and runs until September 22. More than 7,000 visitors are expected, with the lively Edelweiss Oompah Band providing the entertainment.

•As well as returning to the second series of The Voice Of Ireland, Brian Kennedy will also continue his busy music career.

The Workman's Club on December 13 will form the venue for his unique gig, which comes on foot of the release of his latest album Voice. He'll be performing a special unplugged acoustic set for his fans on the night as he showcases a mixture of new and old material.

Doors open at 8pm and tickets are priced €25.