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The Insider: Sile's still a top fashionista

SHE may have lost her Newstalk gig earlier this year, but Galway girl Sile Seoige is still one of the country's leading fashionistas. That's according to Naas Racecourse who have just booked her as the celebrity judge for the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Birdcatcher meeting next Sunday, October 20.


A prize worth €1,000 from the Osprey Hotel and Spa will go to the most stylishly dressed lady on the day. But fear not, all 10 fashion finalists picked from the glamorous crowd by Sile, will receive a beauty goodie bag worth €150.


Dublin songstress Melanie McCabe will put her X Factor heartache behind her next weekend when she performs at one of her first live events since being kicked off the UK talent show. The 20-year-old will let her spine-tingling vocals loose at the plush Fitzpatrick Castle Hotel, Killiney, this Friday. Guests will be treated to an intimate performance from the brunette who will be accompanied by a pianist at the gig which gets underway from 9pm in the hotel's Dungeon Bar.

Ireland's future stage and screen stars will be out in force this Thursday for the launch of the Lir graduate programme. Ireland's National Academy of Dramatic Art, The Lir, will showcase the stellar talents of the inaugural bachelor in acting class, now in their final year. Celebrating this event will be the students, as well as guests from across the acting world, including Love/Hate casting director Maureen Hughes. A series of eight plays will be presented to the public throughout the academic year.

Some of Ireland's gamey singletons will be lining up to find their match at this month's inaugural Blind Date Ball in aid of ARC Cancer Support Centre. Love is set to blossom at the no-holds-barred event, kicking off in Dublin's Conrad Hotel this Friday, October 25. While true love and romance cannot be assured, tasty grub and some cheesy disco tunes can. Tickets for the night, at €100, are selling like hotcakes.

Funny bones at the ready, some of the country's comedians are coming together for a night of laughs – all in aid of charity. Funnyman PJ Gallagher will be joined by David O'Doherty and sister of Tommy Tiernan, Eleanor, at the Olympia Theatre this Thursday, in aid of the Central Remedial Clinic. Tickets are €28 and available from Ticektmaster.