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RTE star Mary Kennedy may be the softly-spoken presenter of long-running programme Nationwide. But it's good to see she's also quick off the mark when it comes to social networking sites like Twitter.

She was prompted into contacting self-confessed fashion fan and Kerry GAA star Paul Galvin after he bemoaned the amount of bad news in the Irish media.

Mary replied: "Check out Nationwide Paul. Good news stories Monday, Wednesday, Friday RTE1. We aim to please."

A woman after our own hearts!

Drum roll please. After weeks of speculation, over 40 Irish authors have had their books shortlisted in the 7th annual Bord Gais Energy Irish Book Awards.

Among those who have made it onto the list, announced at a bash in the Circle Club of the Grand Canal theatre, are Senator David Norris and Mary O'Rourke, as well as Rachel Allen, Catherine Fulvio, Paul Howard, Cecelia Ahern and Jimmy Magee.

The awards ceremony will take place in Dublin's RDS on Thursday, November 22.

The party crew will be beating a path to the Burlington Hotel this winter for a special charity bash.

Funnyman Brendan O'Carroll's inimitable Mrs Agnes Brown will be hosting her first-ever ball on December 16 as the big-hearted star does her bit for a good cause. Attendees will have a night to remember with a three-course meal on offer, followed by entertainment from the likes of Ryan Sheridan and the Willoughby Brothers.

The highlight of the evening will be an exclusive show which O'Carroll, inset, has written specifically for this evening, with all proceeds going towards Charity 25.

Tables of 10 costing €1,500 each are available by emailing info@charity25.ie.

Irish music duo Heathers will take to the stage at Grand Social this evening as part of Trinity College Dublin's Mental Health Week.

The sisters have teamed up with See Change for the campaign, which encourages people to talk more openly about mental health issues.

Bandmembers Ellie and Louise McNamara were chosen as a result of their single Forget Me Knots. Given the chorus is 'It's alright not to feel okay,' their song has become the anthem for the campaign.