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Two new Amur tiger cubs have been born at Dublin Zoo and our hearts are just melting at the sight of them.

Parents Tundra and Ussuri welcomed their first cubs on October 14.

The female cubs weighed 1.5kg each.

The adorable cubs have yet to be named but the public will be able to visit them at Dublin Zoo from this weekend at 11:15 am to 3 pm.

The siblings are doing “extremely well” and are settling in at their home in Dublin Zoo.

Ciarán McMahon, who is a team leader at Dublin Zoo said: “Tundra is an exceptional first-time mother and she has shown strong maternal instincts from the very beginning.”

"Both cubs are very playful and energetic, just like their mother!” he shared.

“The cubs have fun chasing each other and play-fighting which helps keep their claws sharp, while Tundra makes sure to clean them up straight afterwards, just like any good parent would."

Amur tigers are an endangered species with only approximitely 500 existing in the wild. Dublin Zoo is hoping to improve this by joining an international breeding programme.

Dublin Zoo has invited the public to help name the cubs. You can suggest your names here.

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ODEON and Pigsback.com have partnered up yet again to bring another classic film to the big screen.

On Thursday, December 20 at 6.30pm, ODEON Cinemas Nationwide will screen the iconic Christmas classic, Love Actually.  

With a star-studded ensemble cast of Hugh Grant, Liam Neeson, Colin Firth, Laura Linney, Emma Thompson, Keira Knightley, Bill Nighy, Martin Freeman and the late Alan Rickman – this is a Christmas favourite for all the family and one you do not want to miss!

For only €15, this package deal includes a cinema ticket, popcorn combo (medium combo with a dispensed soft drink or bottle of water) and one small tub of ice cream. A saving of €9.25! – Tickets are limited so get booking at Pigsback.com

Love Actually hit the silver screen in November 2003, and gained immediate critical acclaim and huge box office success. This unique romantic comedy has become a festive favourite with many turning to it every Christmas to mark the season.

Paul Wren, Commercial Manager for ODEON cinemas said, “After screening previous cult classics in partnership with Pigsback.com, Love Actually was the natural choice to mark the festive season. With so many memorable scenes and quotes – this film deserves another Christmas run. We are delighted to give guests the opportunity to share the magic of this festive favourite on the big screen at ODEON.”

What better way to get into the festive spirit than seeing Hugh Grant shimmy around No.10 Downing Street.

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New Year's Festival Dublin have announced ticket details for their spectacular Liffey Lights Midnight Moment event taking place on New Year's Eve at the Custom House from 11.30pm.  

FREE tickets for dazzling lighting display will be available from Ticketmaster this Monday at 9am.

Celebrate the final moments of 2018 with a bang under a canopy of sparks as the Liffey Lights Midnight Moment signals the end of 2018 and the arrival of the New Year. This dazzling lighting spectacle will be performed against the backdrop of the Custom House and features a thrilling choreography of lasers and aqua beams.

You'll be amazed as live DJs and percussionists perform on the water in perfect harmony with hundreds of lasers and lights as they illuminate the midnight sky over Dublin City. The free event will start at 11.30pm with excitement building to a crescendo as the clock strikes midnight. This performance is not to be missed.

Dublin City will light up with excitement as the family-friendly Liffey Lights Midnight Moment – Matinee makes a highly anticipated return this year with a brand new early countdown spectacle set to amaze audiences. Families and friends of all ages can ring in the New Year together with entertainment starting at 6 pm leading to the earlier countdown spectacle at 7 pm. 

Tickets are on sale now for the 3Countdown Concert at Custom House Quay. Get ready for a New Year's Eve night to remember as platinum selling artist Gavin James will headline the 3Countdown Concert with special guests Hudson Taylor, Wild Youth and Inhaler.

Tickets (which include entry to the Liffey Lights Midnight Moment event) priced €29.90 including booking fee are on sale now from Ticketmaster outlets nationwide and www.ticketmaster.ie

For additional information on all other NYF Dublin events please visit www.NYFDublin.com. Keep up to date with news about all upcoming events by using the hashtag #NYFDublin and following @NYFDublin on Twitter and Instagram.

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Academy Award-nominated, Golden Globe- and Tony Award-winning performer, Hugh Jackman, has announced his first world tour.  

The Man. The Music. The Show. will see Jackman performing hit songs from The Greatest Showman, Les Miserables and more from Broadway and film, accompanied by a live orchestra.  

The Man. The Music. The Show. will visit Dublin on 30 May 2019 at 3Arena.  

The tour will kick off with 12 shows across Europe and the UK beginning Monday, May 13 in Hamburg, Germany with stops in Amsterdam, Paris, Manchester, Dublin, and London.

Tickets for the European Shows go on sale beginning Friday, December 7 at 9 AM local time at HughJackmanTheShow.com.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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A limited number of exclusive VIP packages will be available. These exclusive offers can include an amazing selection of reserved-seated tickets, custom merchandise (designed exclusively for package purchasers) and much more.

Hugh Jackman has made an impression on audiences of all ages with his multi-hyphenate career persona, as successful on stage in front of live crowds as he is on film. From his award-winning turn on Broadway as the 1970s singer/songwriter Peter Allen to his metal claw-wielding Wolverine in the blockbuster X-Men franchise, Jackman has proven to be one of the most versatile actors of our time.

Jackman garnered his first Academy Award nomination, for Best Actor, for his performance in Tom Hooper’s Les Misérables, based on the popular stage show created from Victor Hugo’s famous novel of the same name.

Jackman’s standout performance as protagonist Jean Valjean also earned him a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Comedy/Musical, as well as Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Award nominations, for both Best Ensemble and Best Male Actor in a Leading Role, and a BAFTA Award nomination. Most recently, he was nominated for his role as P.T. Barnum in The Greatest Showman.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Sales for the soundtrack to the film have broken records the world over and reached multi-platinum status in many countries including the UK and America.

That’s our Christmas present sorted. We can’t wait to see Hugh in concert.

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These dark, gloomy evenings are really draining and we have to admit we never have the energy to go out once we clock off from work.

This winter we’ve been making the most of our book collections and have spent many evenings curled up by the fire with nothing but a good book for company.

The list of benefits associated with reading is never-ending, but our favourite one is simple- the escapism.

Distracting your mind for a few chapters where you can escape to different worlds and meet new people all from the comfort of your sofa is so tranquil.

We decided to support our fellow ladies by putting together a list our favourite books by female authors.

We’re sure you’ll love these books just as much as we do.

1: Ritual for Every Day by Nadia Narain and Katia Narain Phillips (Hutchinson)

We all feel that desire a calmer, more spacious way of living, but we’re often unsure exactly how to step off the crazy treadmill of day-to-day routines and responsibilities. Nadia and Katia have learned through years of practice that simple rituals can help you press the pause button on the pace of modern life. In Rituals for Every Day, they share their easy-to-follow advice, step-by-step. Let the riyals bring you back to yourself.

2: Thanks, Penneys! by Valerie Loftus (Mercier)

Have you ever been in Penneys on a Saturday and felt like you were in a scene from The Hunger Games? Have you ever gone in just to get a pair of tights and come out with fake tan, a pair of glittery platforms and some fluffy pyjamas? Have you ever spent hours there trying to root out a pair of knickers that doesn’t have ‘NETFLIX AND CHILL’ written on the bum? If so, then this is the book for you. From the chaos of changing rooms to the questionable delights of the lingerie section. Thanks, Penneys! is a love letter to an Irish institution that is an integral part of all our lives.

3: The Sun and Her Flowers by Rupi Kaur (Andrew Mcmeel Publishing)

Rupi Kaur’s second book is divided into five sections reflecting the life cycle of a flower, with chapters titled: Wilting, Falling, Rooting, Rising, and Blooming. It focuses on themes of love and loss, trauma and abuse, healing, femininity and the body. Wilting touches on the subject of heartbreak and loss. Falling focuses on depressive feelings following the loss of an important relationship. Rooting explores topics of female infanticide, immigration and borders. Blooming addresses the joy Kaur finally found coming to love and accept her roots, herself, and the world around her. She also comes to realize her mission in this world: equality and love for all genders, races and backgrounds.

4: I Found My Tribe by Ruth Fitzmaurice (Vintage Publishing)

Ruth's tribe are her lively children and her filmmaker husband, Simon, who has Motor Neurone Disease and can only communicate with his eyes. Ruth's other 'tribe' are the friends who gather at the cove in Greystones, Co. Wicklow, and regularly throw themselves into the freezing cold water, just for kicks. 'The Tragic Wives' Swimming Club', as they jokingly call themselves, meet to cope with the extreme challenges life puts in their way, not to mention the monster waves rolling over the horizon. An invocation to all of us to love as hard as we can, and live even harder, I Found My Tribe is an urgent and uplifting letter to a husband, family, friends, the natural world and the brightness of life.   
 

5: And Life Lights Up by Alice Taylor (O'Brien Press Ltd)

Let Alice Taylor encourage you to live in the now, to really live your experiences and to treasure the special moments in your life. With Alice as a guide, explore the steps and ways to live a conscious life and focus on the goodness of the world around us. Alice's beautiful and captivating writing is an act of mindfulness in itself, and she shares her favourite moments in life, encouraging us to ponder our own. Alice also inspires the reader to be attentive to the here and now and embrace moments as they arise. A beautiful and enchanting book by a bestselling and celebrated author. 

6: Ice Cream for Breakfast by Laura Jane Williams (Hodder and Stoughton)

Full of spirit and un-self-conscious enthusiasm, Ice Cream for Breakfast: Child-Like Solutions to Bullsh*t Adult Problems is the permission slip all too-grown-up-for-their-own-good-but-secretly-scared-of-adulting adults need to locate their inner-child nestled deep within so that we might all relax enough to laugh harder, wonder more, and marvel at magic on the daily.

7: Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg (Edbury Publishing)

In Lean In, Sheryl Sandberg – Facebook COO and one of Fortune magazine's Most Powerful Women in Business – draws on her own experience of working in some of the world's most successful businesses and looks at what women can do to help themselves, and make small changes in their life that can effect change on a more universal scale.

8: The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin (Harper Collins Publishers)

The author of the bestselling 40 Ways to Look at Winston Churchill has produced a work that is "a cross between the Dalai Lama's The Art of Happiness and Elizabeth Gilbert's Eat, Pray, Love." The Happiness Project describes one person's year-long attempt to discover what leads to true contentment. Drawing at once on cutting-edge science, classical philosophy, and real-world applicability, Rubin has written an engaging, eminently relatable chronicle of transformation.   

9: Normal People by Sally Rooney (Faber and Faber)

Normal People follows the lives of Connell and Marianne, who come from the same town but are part of very different worlds.

When they start studying at Trinity College they develop such a strong bond that carries on into the future. Normal People looks at the hearty theme of how love can change a person. It opens readers’ eyes to the massive impact love and a relationship can have on a person. Plus, can you ever go wrong with a love story set in Dublin? We are so ready to dive into the pages of Sally Rooney’s second fictional triumph.

10: Help Me! by Marianne Power (Pan Macmillan)

Marianne Power spent one year of her life practising the advice from self-help books to see if they really do what they say on the cover. The books promise to make us better people. They vow to transform us into upbeat, organised souls who go for jogs at 7 am in the morning and always have perfectly ironed clothes, but Marianne realises that maybe the help they’re offering isn’t as beneficial as it may seem.

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Queer Eye star Jonathan Van Ness is coming to Dublin and henny, we are thrilled.

The Emmy nominee brings his stand-up tour to Dublin’s Olympia Theatre on April 30, 2019.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Television personality, Emmy nominee, and hairstylist to the stars, Jonathan Van Ness has quickly become known in the entertainment industry for his fabulous, unstoppable energy.

Jonathan’s upbeat attitude and adoration for the phrase ‘YAS QUEEN’ made him our firm favourite when we first discovered Queer Eye.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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His iconic one-liners have slowly become part of our everyday vocabulary.

The beauty guru never failed to make us smile like the Cheshire Cat, even when we were curled up on the sofa, binge-watching Queer Eye in our scruffiest hoody and pyjamas.

Never forget: “You’re strong, you’re a Kelly Clarkson song, you got this.”

Jonathan’s Olympia show will more than likely be similar to his hugely popular podcast Getting Curious.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The Queer Eye star’s podcast airs biweekly and explores all the things Jonathan is curious about from the history of the Armenian Genocide to the opioid crisis in the U.S.

Tickets cost a mere €34.50 and you can bet we’ll be treating ourselves to one when they go on sale on Friday, November 30 at 10 am.

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The Coronas have just announced their biggest show of 2019 with an outdoor performance at Irish Independent Park, Cork on Saturday, 22 June 2019.

Joining The Coronas are very special guests Sigrid and All Tvvins.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Fresh from a busy summer touring the USA and Canada including a slot at the legendary Lollapalooza festival in Chicago this August, The Coronas are delighted to announce an open-air performance at Irish Independent Park, Cork this June.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Tickets priced €49.50 inclusive of booking fee go on sale at 9 am this Friday, November 30 via Ticketmaster outlets and www.ticketmaster.ie

The band are currently on tour in Australia with shows in Melbourne, Sydney and Perth. The Coronas return to Ireland next month kicking off a run of sold-out shows at The Olympia Theatre on December 3.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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“We’ve had some amazing shows in Cork over the years but we’re so excited to announce our biggest ever headline show in the Independent Park on June 22. We’re so delighted to have the amazingly talented Sigrid and All Tvvins as special guests. It will be our biggest Irish show in 2019  and we can’t wait! Hope to see ya’s there – love, Danny, Dave, Knoxy and Conor”

Make sure to set your alarm for 9 am on Friday, November 30.

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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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To celebrate the arrival of Ben & Jerry’s Moo-phoria, Ben & Jerry’s will open the lightest scoop shop ever.

On Friday, November 23, Ben & Jerry’s Moo-phoria will launch with a scoop-shop in the sky, with a hot air balloon tethered in Merrion Square. 100 lucky Ben & Jerry’s fans will win the opportunity to enjoy a ride in the balloon while they indulge in a taste of Moo-phoria.

A limited number of free places will be released on Thursday, November 15 at 9am and will be allotted on a first come first served basis. To try a taste and claim your place in the Ben & Jerry’s Moo-phoria scoop-shop in the sky, click here.

Everyone loves the euphoric taste of Ben & Jerry’s – and now you can enjoy that great taste with fewer calories. Ben & Jerry’s Moo-phoria is lower in sugar, fat and calories but still retains all the chunks, swirls and flavour you expect from Ben & Jerry’s.

Alternatively, you can try win your place on the Ben & Jerry’s Hot Air Balloon by visiting them on Facebook  or Twitter.

Ben & Jerry’s Moo-phoria comes in two great flavours: Chocolate Cookie Dough and Caramel Cookie Fix.

Ben & Jerry’s Moo-phoria will be available nationwide with an RRP of €5.99.

 

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Picture This will play to an army of loving fans at Dublin’s 3Arena in the new year. The Irish band will play an unprecedented 5-night run at 3Arena Dublin, March 2019.

It came as no surprise when the band sold out all five nights within one week, there’s no doubt the Irish public love them.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The lads confirmed that Lewis Capaldi and Dagny will be their special guests for the Dublin shows and we certainly can’t wait to see them perform.

If you’re one of the unlucky fans who missed out on tickets, you may be in luck. A limited number of production holds will now be released for sale to the public on Friday, November 23 at 9 am from Ticketmaster.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Seeing the One Drink singers in concert is one thing you really don’t want to miss out on so make sure you set your alarms for Friday morning to be in with a chance of scoring tickets.

A mere two years have passed since their formation and Picture This have impressively sold over 300,000 tickets, concluding 2017 with a sold-out UK and Ireland tour highlighted by gigs at O2 Shepherd’s Bush London, SSE Arena Belfast, and a two-night stand at 3Arena in Dublin.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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This summer marked their first stadium tour in Ireland, which capped off with a 35,000-person stadium show selling out over 3 months prior. This accomplishment cemented the bands place amongst fellow RDS Stadium sell-out artists such as Queen, U2, Michael Jackson, Bon Jovi, Guns N’ Roses, Bruce Springsteen and Radiohead.

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ODEON and Pigsback.com have partnered up to bring another huge classic cult film to the big screen, Pretty Woman.

The iconic 1990 hit, Pretty Woman, starring Julia Roberts and Richard Gere will have an exclusive screening on Thursday, November 29 at 6.30pm, ODEON Cinemas Nationwide – Dublin (Blanchardstown, Charlestown, Coolock, Point Square, Stillorgan), Cavan, Limerick, Naas, Newbridge, Portlaoise and Waterford.

This is the perfect opportunity to get the girls together, tickets for the screening of this classic rom-com are priced at €15, which includes a cinema ticket, popcorn combo (medium combo with a dispensed soft drink or bottle of water) and one small tub of ice cream.

Cinema lovers can purchase tickets from www.Pigsback.com.

Paul Wren, Commercial Manager for ODEON cinemas said: "After screening previous 90’s chartbusters in partnership with Pigsback.com, Pretty Woman was the obvious next choice. With such memorable and iconic performance from Julia Roberts and Richard Gere – this film deserves another run on the big screen."

Pretty Woman hit the silver screen in June 1990 and gained immediate critical acclaim and huge box office success. This unusual take on the traditional fairy tale story captured the hearts of many and has become a quick cult classic.

Gather up the gals and head to your nearest ODEON cinema to watch this classic rom-com.
 

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2019 is already jam-packed full of unreal gigs and we are so excited about it. It seems like everyone is heading back to the Emerald Isle for what’s shaping out to be one of the best years for music lovers.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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After the enormous successes of both her sold out Academy show earlier this year and her sold out Olympia Theatre show last night, SIGRID has announced her biggest Irish headline show to date at 3Arena Dublin on Friday, November 22, 2019.

The ground-breaking Norwegian pop star this month also released the highly-anticipated new single Sucker Punch, following her critically acclaimed RAW EP and incredible jam-packed festival performances at Electric Picnic and Longitude this summer.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Highlighting the breadth of Sigrid’s maturing talent and aptitude for song writing, Sucker Punch cements the 22-year-old’s rise to pop prominence.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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From winning the BBC Sound of 2018, to moving Helen Mirren with her performance on the Graham Norton Show and storming the stage at her Shepherds Bush Empire headline, Sigrid’s unforgettably impassioned live performances have sparked mass appreciation and defiant, rebellious pop songs.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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With her Spotify following tripling since the start of the year, and streaming numbers reaching almost 400M globally, Sigrid is undoubtedly set to continue her ascent.

Tickets from €39.90 inclusive go on sale Friday, November 9 at 9am from Ticketmaster so make sure to set your alarm.

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