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The excitement of this festive season can sometimes overtake the real meaning of Christmas. We can get caught up in shopping for presents and finding the perfect dress for the Christmas party, but at the end of the day, this holiday is all about thinking of those you love.

Christmas can be a very lonely time for many, so SuperValu is set to help address this by supporting ALONE and raising funds to support people who are suffering from loneliness this Christmas.

SuperValu will open its special All Things Considered Christmas Café on 41 South William St for two days from November 23 to 24,  from 10 am to 8 pm.

Bring a friend along who you may not have seen for some time and enjoy some festive treats, choosing from a menu of Christmas favourites from the Specially Sourced wine range, SuperValu Christmas bakery range, sandwiches and Signatures Tastes meats and cheese platters with proceeds from the menu going to ALONE.

In addition, with SuperValu at the heart of 217 communities, this year they are asking their shoppers to Consider Taking Time to Catch up with someone in their community who may be lonely this festive season and drop around to have a chat and cuppa along with a mince pie.

A 0.20c donation from all packs of Signature Taste mince pies will go to ALONE. Retailers around the country will also be hosting local coffee and mince pie mornings and wine and cheese evenings from Friday, November 23 to  Saturday, December 1 to raise further funds and awareness for the charity.

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If you’re stuck for something to do this Friday night then you need to get down to The Grand Social.

The charity Scoop (Support Children Out Of Poverty) has teamed up with District Magazine and music blogger Nialler9 to bring music lovers a night of eclectic homegrown Irish music.

The line up for Syrias Vibes w/ District Mag & Nialler9 is jam-packed with talented acts including Alfie South & Donkobz, Why-Axis and FYNCH, as well as DJ sets from Calvin James, Phil Long & David Hargadon and 2FM's Tara Stewart.

There will also be a very special guest performing on the night. They recently played a historic set at this year’s Electric Picnic and we cannot wait to find out who this mystery performer is.

Scoop supports doctors, clinics and ambulances in Syria, as well as supporting Joint Help for Kurdistan.

The charity offers help and support to displaced persons on the Iraqi border with Syria.

They have even started a programme at a clinic in Bajed Kandala Camp that aims to work with women coming back from ISIS captivity, and children who have grown up in a war zone or living on the road, always in danger. There are over 6000 women and children living in the camp.

Scoop was established by brothers Calvin and Andy James. The siblings are currently working on an initiative to help tackle the homelessness problem in Dublin.

Tonight’s event is going to be a huge help for the charity, so make sure to head on down to The Grand Social at 8 pm.

Click here to buy tickets for tonight’s gig.

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The long weekend is just around the corner and with so many amazing events due to take place around Dublin, staying in is not an option – (that is if you're not too busy devouring copious amounts of chocolate, of course). 

From Whitney sing-alongs to mass pillow fights, here's our top five picks.

1. Beauty and the Beast Drive-In, March 31, Leopardstown

Retro Drive-in Movies are bringing the Disney magic this weekend, with a special screening of the iconic Beauty and the Beast. 

Grab the girls, load up the car and prepare for the sing-a-long of your lives! 

There'll be burgers, hot digs, pizza and popcorn available on site 

Limited tickets are available here

2. Whitney vs Mariah Easter Sunday Special, April 1, MVP Dublin 8 

Reckon you could give the queens of pop a run for their money? 

The Sing Along Social is a zero-commitment choir designed for people who can't sing.

You don't have to practice, or even need to know the words. It's about singing along to your favourite tunes in the company of friends and strangers. 

Doors at 7.30pm sharp and tickets are €9.00 online or €10.00 on the night. 

3. North Side vs South Side Pillow Fight, April 1, Phoenix Park 

It looks like the old rivalry is alive and well, as Dubliners from both sides of the Liffey meet for a massive pillow fight at 3pm in Phoenix Park.

Oh, the organisers have also planned a 'Grushie' afterwards – which, from my understanding is some kind of old tradition that involves throwing small coins on the ground for children to collect.

Sure, what else would you be doing on Easter Sunday?  

4. Ted Fest Dublin, The Church Bar & Restaurant, Dublin 1  

Is there anything to be said for saying another Ted Fest?

Awakening your inner Mrs. Doyle and celebrate the Easter weekend with a lovely cup of tea down at The Church Bar & Restaurant. 

Guest are invited to dawn their holiest attire and participate in a world record attempt for the Largest Gathering of Characters from Father Ted. 

There'll also be an interactive big screen quiz, Funland photo opportunities, drink special and prizes for the best dressed and best quiz team name. 

Tickets are €45.00 for a table of four and are available here

Go on, go on, go on, go on! 

5.Red Bull Music FREE GAFF

Did I hear someone say free gaff? 

From cheeky cans to late night jams, there are few things in life more enjoyable than a humble house party. 

Taking over a city-centre gaff for one spectacular weekend, FREE GAFF brings together Ireland's best musical talent all under one roof.

For more information, click here

 

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Is it just us, or do post-Bank Holiday weeks seem to drag a bit? 

Either way we can all rejoice in the fact that the weekend is almost upon us once again, and with so much going on around the capital, staying in is off the table. 

Here's our top picks: 

Dublin Comic Con

Prepare for an explosion of colour, cosplay and creativity because Comic Con returns to Dublin's Convention Centre this weekend.

Meet the actors from your favourite TV shows, take part in one of the many workshops and interactive sets, or simply take in the electric atmosphere as you browse the many arts and crafts stalls.

Costumes are highly encouraged, and there's even a prize for best dressed – so, break out your inner wonder woman and show those judges what you've got.

Doors open at 10.30am on Saturday August 11 and Sunday August 12 (9.30am for VIP ticket holders), and doors close at 6.00pm on Saturday and 5.00pm on Sunday.

Tickets are €10.55 – €63.30 and are available here.

The West Cork Ukulele Orchestra

The West Cork Ukulele Orchestra bring their spectacular genre defying, ukulele experience to the Grand Social this Friday, August 11.

Armed with just nine tiny ukuleles, the WCUO will entertain the crowds with their playful versions of classic pop songs, and seeing as they've preformed for Michael D himself, we're expecting good things.

Doors open at 8.00pm and tickets (€10.00) are available here.

Happenings presents: LaLa Land in Merrion square

This Friday, August 11, Happenings, in association with 7UP Free will transform Merrion Square, Dublin 2, into a spectacular outdoor cinema for a special outdoor screening of the critically acclaimed LaLa Land.

A true modern classic, the romantic musical, starring Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling, captured the hearts of a generation while picking up a few Oscars along the way.

Attendees are encouraged to bring blankets and picnics, but a selection of food, coffee and yummy treats will be available on site. 

It all kicks of at 8:30pm but early arrival is advised to get the best seats in the house!

Tickets are priced at €5.80 and are available to book here.

Comedians From Father Ted at the Laughter Lounge

Get ready for a mini Father Ted reunion because the Laughter Lounge are bringing Joe Rooney (Father Damo) and Patrick McDonnell (Eoin McLove) back for a night of hilarious gags and giggles.

Joined by two special guests, the comedy stars will no doubt revive some of the best jokes from the cult series along with new material sure to leave the audience in stitches.

The lads will be performing on Friday August 11 and Saturday August 12, and doors open at 8.00pm.

Tickets are €26.00 and are available here

Fingal Film & Arts Festival

Taking place from Friday, August 11 – Sunday, August 13, the revamped Fingal Film & Arts Festival returns to the unique setting of Swords castle, Dublin.

This year's festival offers a world-class line-up of independent film, music and comedy as well as top quality production and entertainment.

Festival-goers can expect over 20 acts, food stalls and bar's in Dublin's ultimate summer festival location.

Day ticket cost just €20.00 while a weekend pass costs €40.00. Both are available to purchase here.

 

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So, you're not heading to Longitude? 

Not to worry, there are tonnes of great events taking place across the capital this weekend that are sure to keep you occupied.

From pub quizzes to immersive theatre, here's our top five picks. 

Summer Watch 2017

Whelanslive.com and Hop House 13 present four days of up-and-coming Irish talent from July 13 – July 16.

Whelan's will play host to over 20 of the best emerging acts from around the country as well as a post-gig indie and alternative dance party.

Doors open at 7:30pm each night and there will be a number of drink promotions on offer.

Free entry via the front door until 10:30pm.

For more information check out whelanslive.com.

Irish International A Cappella Festival 2017

A brand new three-day music festival celebrating the genre of modern a cappella.

Taking place in venues all across Dublin, festival hosts Ardú will be joined by International Barbershop Quartet Champions, 4 in a bar, as well as 2016 Ireland's A Cappella competition prizewinners, The Apple Blossoms and The Ramparts.

For more information on venues ans show times check out irishacappella.com.

Publess Pub Quiz – The Quiz of Thrones

Season seven is almost upon us, so why not get in the Westeros mood by testing your knowledge of all things Game of Thrones?

Grab your fellow GoT fanatics and head down to The Clockwork Door this Saturday for a pub quiz like no other.

Kicking off at 4:00pm, there will be fantastic prizes for the winners as well as the chance to discover everything you didn't know about the hit HBO show.

Click here for more information. 

DIY Play at the Smock Alley Theatre

Ever watched a play and wished things could have happen differently?

Well, this DIY play is right up your street.

In a theatre experience like no other, audience members are invited to help characters solve a comedy mystery – or make it harder for them.

The best part is the actors will be as surprised as you are!

The cast on July 15 will include Anthony Kinehan Michelle McMahon Matthew O’Brien and the shows kicks of at 8:00pm.

Tickets are €10.00 and are available here

The Great Gatsby at the Gate Theatre

The Gate theatre is inviting audiences into one of Jay Gatsby's legendary parties.

For the summer of 2017 only, seats will be removed and chandeliers will be lowered, transforming the auditorium into the Gatsby Mansion.

Step back in time for this immersive adaptation of F Scott Fitzgerald’s classic novel which puts you at the heart of the action.

Expect music, cocktails and scandal as you follow the action around all areas of the Gate.

While the cast will be attired in exquisite 1920’s costumes designed by Peter O’Brien, audiences are also encouraged to dress in 1920’s style.

Shows run from July 6 – September 16, 2017 and tickets ( €28 – €42) are available here.

Photograph: Agata Stoinska

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Well we're guessing you know what special day is on its way… it is of course Valentine's Day! With that in mind we've rounded a few bits up for the love birds around the nation to do and a few others for those of you where it's just another week in the calendar! Niamh Geaney has lined up romantic dusk tours, comedy for the tech savvy folk and cultural festivals. Check it out.

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Niamh Geaney is back with your Top 5 things to do nationwide with everything from the Temple Bar Tradfest, Elvis Presley tributes and masquerade balls!

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Have a bit of free time and hoping to do something with it? Then check out our nationwide event guide listing the Top 5 events in the country right now presented by Niamh Geaney. 

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We all indulge over the Christmas and New Year period, and damn right too! But now we're back in work, we're swapping the vino for water and that cake for a healthy snack. On that note, Niamh Geaney has put together a list of things to do around Ireland that will whip you back into shape in the most pleasurable way possible!

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Missed out on any of this week's entertainment news? Catch it here now!

On this week’s Wired Niamh Geaney is joined back in studio by TV fanatics Conor Behan and Ciara O’Dohery to natter about the TV World. In the X Factor we take a look at abuse allegations, thank the heavens Fleur didn’t win the final and how Cheryl is taking over the internet! With Christmas only days away we also reveal what the TV world has in store for us over the festive season.

The Line-Up is back with the nation’s Top 5 events happening in Ireland right now.

In Pic ’n’ Mix, the top 5 movies in the cinema (according to you and your pockets!) are in and Niamh Geaney is here to show you what they are!.

On Spotlight we chat to Made in Chelsea’s Binky on her cheating ex, scandals and her workout secret!

Merry Christmas x

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Have you missed any of this week’s entertainment news? Pop the kettle on, get the biccies out and relax for the next while as Niamh Geaney brings you all your telly goss, shows you the TOP 5 events happening in Ireland right now, tells you what ’s smoking’ hot in the cinema this week and brings you all the goss from Sile Seoige! Who knew the set of lungs she had on her?!

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On your weekly event guide, The Line-Up, Niamh Geaney satisfies your musical buds with concerts, musicals and gigs! We also take a look at a hip flea market in Bray and a fashion exhibition in Kilkenny. Check it out!

Join us back here tomorrow for Pic ’n’ Mix where we round up the hits and misses of the box office.

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