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THE stars came out to play at Dublin nightclub Lillie's Bordello. The capital's party people stepped out in style for the launch of the Curragh Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby on Thursday night.

 Socialite Roz Flanagan and comedian Katherine Lynch, as well as Lillie's regulars Guggi and Gavin Friday, were on hand to help launch the racing event at the end of June.


Meanwhile, celebrations were in full flow on Friday after Ireland's World Cup qualifier at the Aviva, as FAI boss John Delaney enjoyed a rare night on the town.

Handsome crooner Michael Buble has announced extra production seats for his five-night stint in the O2 in July.

The Bubster will be charming audiences from July 15-20 as the dad-to-be performs more feel-good hits. Tickets, starting at €79.50, are available now.

Funny bones at the ready, Anita Reeves and Stephen Brennan will be at their comic best when These Halcyon Days hits the Olympia Theatre this week.

Deirdre Kinahan's laugh-out-loud bittersweet new play will get its Olympia debut for five performances only, from tomorrow to Saturday.

With tickets a bargain at €20, this is one production not to be missed.

They may be currently undergoing a gruelling summer tour schedule, but Dublin band the Coronas still know how to let their hair down.

The talented boys enjoyed a lads night out and bonding session when they hit premier Dublin nightspot Krystle on Saturday night. There were plenty of laughs had as the boys knocked back the drinks in the club's VIP section. However, it is back to the day job this week as the boys prepare for an exciting weekend of music as they to support super-group Bon Jovi on Saturday at Slane Castle.

The genius of James Joyce will be revisited at the New Theatre. A Portrait Of The Artist As A Young Man kicked off in the city centre venue yesterday and will continue until June 22. Directed by Jimmy Fay, the production is a must see for history and art buffs or those who simply want to catch a glimpse of Joyce at his masterpiece best.