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IF YOU want some festival fun this summer but don't fancy queueing for mucky portaloos and cowering from the elements, get down to Castlepalooza.

The bijou three-day festival in Charleville Castle, Co Offaly is as much about comfort as music.

Not only do revellers have access to the castle throughout the weekend, but they can also take the opportunity to get pampered in a pop-up day spa. The weekend, from August 2 to 4, will include top music talent including Fight Like Apes. Tickets start from €79.

Golf swings at the ready: Irish soccer legend Ronnie Whelan is preparing for his annual golf classic.

Taking place at Carton House on June 6, the event is sure to attract some of Ronnie's celeb soccer pals; all proceeds go to the Marie Keating Foundation and the Myasthenia Gravis Association (Ireland), a cause close to Ronnie's heart.

His daughter Elizabeth was diagnosed with the rare auto-immune disease in 2005.

A team of three (plus a celebrity) costs €1000 and you will enjoy 18 holes of competition golf and a gala dinner.

Ireland's budding artists were given extra incentive to get their creative caps on over the weekend.

Toyota Ireland honoured the nine winners of its annual Dream Car Art Contest at a presentation ceremony in Dublin Zoo, where they were lavished with gifts including Nintendo DSs, iPod Nanos and art supply vouchers.

The winners, who were invited to draw or paint their idea of their dream car, were chosen across three age categories (under 10, 10-12, 13-15).

The winning works of art will now go compete in the Toyota Dream Car Art Global Contest for a chance to win a trip to Japan.

Big brother Christy would have been proud as folk-rock singer songwriter Luka Bloom marked his return in the capital last night.

The younger brother of Christy Moore hit Whelan's on Wexford Street, where he launched his new album with support from Sabrina Dinan.

This New Morning is Luka's first release since 2009's Eleven Songs.


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