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Christmas at the cathedral

Tickets have gone on sale for the Christ Church Cathedral's annual Christmas concert next month.

The carols by candlelight concert will feature the resident Cathedral Choir on Thursday, December 13, at 8pm.

The choir will be accompanied by acclaimed organist and composer David Bremner.

Complimentary mulled wine and mince pies will be served during the interval.

Tickets cost €20 (€18 concession) and can be purchased from http://store.christchurchdublin.ie/concerttickets/ or by calling 01 677 8099.

All proceeds will go towards the Christ Church Cathedral fund.

Release punks,

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Three members of the band were convicted on hooliganism charges in August for performing a "punk prayer" at Moscow's main cathedral.

One of them, Yekaterina Samutsevich, was released on appeal last month but the other two, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alekhina, were sent to prison camps to serve their sentences.

Prime minister Dmitry Medvedev said he detested the Pussy Riot act, but added the women have been in prison long enough.

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The four-minute video features the character Gollum and film director Peter Jackson.

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