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The Insider: Philomena flies back

HER life story is up for an Oscar and now the real Philomena Lee is flying back from LA where – she was helping promote the movie Philomena – to help launch a new project in association with the Adoption Rights Alliance.

The Philomena Project – being announced today – aims to effect legislative change by calling on the Irish State to grant access to adoption records for both in-country and Irish-US adopted people and their families.

ILLUSION-IST Keith Barry (right) will continue dazzling the nation with his TV3 series Brain Hacker this Sunday. This weekend's episode, due to air at 9pm, sees the world-renowned mentalist attempt his most dangerous stunt yet – a game of Russian roulette.

PERFORMING in an intimate setting, the Dublin Legends will entertain fans for free in Temple Bar's Fitzsimon's pub tonight – but get there quick, as seats are on a first-come, first-served basis. The gig is being held as part of the line-up for this year's Temple Bar TradFest. Across town, De Dannan and Stockton's Wing will play in St Michan's Church.

THEATRE-goers flocked to the Project Arts Centre in Dublin last night for the Irish premiere of A Tender Thing, adapted from Shakespeare's famous Romeo and Juliet. Starring Olwen Fouere and Owen Roe, the play will run until February 15 and is being directed by award-winning Selina Cartmell.

MUSICIANS Lucius, fronted by the irresistible partnership that exists between Brooklyn girls Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig, have announced they will perform at the Workman's Club on April 19. Tickets are on sale now.