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As everyone has discovered, The Olympia Theatre Pantomime is now the must see Panto in Dublin. 

Ireland’s funniest family Panto is back and bigger than ever – it’s simply unmissable. With a glittering celebrity line-up, traditional Panto values and the funniest script, this year will be as star studded and surprising as ever. There’s something for everyone in this magical panto with stars of stage and screen and social media’s biggest and brightest.

‘CINDERELLA: The Story of Cinders and Her Fella’ is one show you can't miss.

Returning to this year’s show is Fair City soap star Ryan Andrews who stars as the hilarious Olly. Fair City's Maclean Burke stars as the outrageous Dame Polly! 

Joining Polly and Olly, are none other than social media stars James Patrice (Fairy Godbrother) and Erin McGregor  (Ugly Sister)

They will be joined by Xpose’s Nadine Reid (Ugly Sister), Riverdance and Prodijig’s Zoe Talbot (Cinderella) and hilarious Dublin comedian Al Foran as Prince Charming. 

Throw in Panto Baddie Veteran Rob Vickers and a cast of over 100 of Ireland’s most talented kids, this Panto is a sure-fire showstopper! 

And finally, Simon Delaney will be directing this year's show. 

Cinderella – The Story of Cinders & Her Fella runs from Friday, December 20 ,2019 until Saturday, January 4, 2020. 

Tickets for the Christmas Panto ‘CINDERELLA: The Story of Cinders and Her Fella’ are on sale now from ticketmaster.ie – Ticketmaster outlets nationwide, or in person from The Olympia Theatre Box Office and by calling Ticketmaster @The Olympia Phone Bookings on 0818 719 330. 

Don’t miss Dublin’s funniest Panto for all the family.

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It's time to pretend you're on Dancing On Ice as Dublin's spectacular ice rink returns for the winter months. South Dublin On Ice s back at Tallaght Stadium for the third year running from Friday, November 15, 2019 until January 26, 2020.

Once again South Dublin On Ice will be the centrepiece of this wonderful seasonal activity which each year attracts thousands of skaters young and old to Tallaght.

South Dublin On Ice @ Tallaght Stadium is the perfect outing over the holidays, so why not get the gang together and show off your skating skills this Christmas?

The Glow on Ice event is new for 2019 where skaters can join this fluorescent party on ice. Neon vests and accessories will be provided. This will make for a wonderfully colourful and fun event and it is the first ever fluorescent ice skating event where you can party in neon. Glow On Ice takes place on November 22 at 6pm to 8pm.

“Why not visit southdublinonice.com where you can book tickets and find directions to the venue”, said Sean Mulligan, from Profile Music Group Ltd, operator of South Dublin On Ice. “You’ll find a comprehensive Frequently Asked Questions section to answer many of your queries.

"The rink is located at Tallaght Stadium, where there is free parking onsite, however you can also take public transport to the venue with multiple bus routes passing nearby and the Tallaght stop on the Luas Redline is only a few minutes walk from the stadium.

"But there’s more. To help to get you to South Dublin On Ice at Tallaght Stadium we have introduced a 76 seater Double Decker bus for the 2019/2020 season which will pick you up and drop you back to your door for an additional fee. This will take a lot of the hassle out of group bookings for schools and clubs where the Skate & Bus Return is all organised and managed by the rink" said Sean.

South Dublin On Ice @ Tallaght Stadium is being supported by South Dublin County Council’s tourism brand Dublin’s Outdoors.

The ice rink is used by ice hockey players, figure skaters, and the general public. In the two years since the rink first came to town, thousands of people have visited the venue, adding to the winter season atmosphere in Tallaght.

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Happy Halloween, witches!

Gone are the days when we rambled around our neighbourhood, dressed in a black bin bag with bags full of sweets, the smell of fireworks in air and mini witches and wizards on the hunt for more toffee apples.

Today we just hand out overpriced chocolate (that we’d rather eat ourselves) as trick or treaters grin at us in way fancier costumes.

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If you’re not on trick or treating duty and are looking for something to do on All Hallows Eve then RTÉ 2 are here to help.

They are screening one of our all time favourite movies which will be perfect to watch on Halloween night.

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaben will be on RTÉ 2 this evening so get the popcorn ready.

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Starring Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaben is the ideal film to get you feeling nostalgic this Halloween.

In the third instalment of the beloved series, Harry is spooked when he discovers a threatening fugitive is on the hunt for him, but luckily for the young wizard, a new teacher at Hogwarts is here to help.

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaben airs on RTÉ 2 at 7pm.

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I have never heard a silence more deafening than the final moments of Asking for It. The world stopped in a moment of horror and icy realism, like a brutal slap. The actor who played the lead had us choked quietly with her words and her pale complexion against the darkened set.

I was terrified, and I wasn’t the only one. The room erupted in a burst of raw emotion as the audience fell apart. When the lights came on, The Gaiety Theatre was a sea of desperate humans clinging to each other, shoulders shaking and tears streaming.

It's safe to say that Asking for It was one of the most powerful pieces of art I have ever experienced. I say experienced because this play is not something you simply see. It’s something you feel and hear, inside and out as you watch. It is immersion of the most immersive, and it buries you alive until you can’t think of anything else.

I had read the book, so I felt like I was prepared for the harrowing tale of Emma, the teenager from a fictional rural Irish town, obsessed with her image and social status. I was prepared for her story, the crude public sexual assault she experiences and her little town’s inability to deal with it.

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Louise O'Neill's novel had floored me, but nothing could have prepared me for seeing it brought to life.

The play is a magnificent jigsaw of elements that create an eerily close-to-home picture. The kitchen where her family sit and watch their lives fall apart is alive with Irishness, the sound of rain smashing against the windows and the white noise of the radio humming angrily in the background.

The school scenes are beyond accurate: lads flinging dirty white footballs overhead and girls draped over each other with a familiarity that only the Irish school system could inspire. A recording of the protagonist's inner monologue- Cork accent and all- coupled with a harsh spotlight on her pale face, meant there was no escape for the spectator.

We lived and breathed Emma and her world for 2 hours and 55 minutes.

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Emma’s story is about all of us. It’s about every single Irish girl who wore an itchy uniform and sat on walls with boys in football jerseys. About mothers and fathers who react the only way they know how when their child is brought so low. Every person in the room could seem themselves on stage in some shape or form. Each glance, stare and comment by the characters was all too familiar.

Asking for It is a brave, raw and uncomfortable piece of art that everyone should see.

The play will run in the Gaiety Theatre until Saturday, October 26. There are still tickets available here.

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We’ll certainly be staying in tonight, no thanks to Storm Lorenzo. ‘It’s a night for the fire’ is a phrase everyone will be muttering and we honestly can’t wait to snuggle up on the sofa and watch telly for the foreseeable future.

Luckily, tonight’s Graham Norton Show lineup is one of the best so far. 

Bridget Jones herself will make an appearance. That’s right, legendary actress Renee Zellweger joins Graham to talk about her role as Judy Garland in Judy.

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Documentary maker Louis Theroux will discuss his memoir Gotta Get Theroux This: My Life and Strange Times In Television.

Lenny Henry also joins Graham to chat about his own memoir Who Am I Again?

80s icon and popstar Andrew Ridgeley completes tonight’s lineup. Andrew will open about his life and work with George Michael as he promotes new book Wham! George & Me.

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Elbow will perform their new song White Noise, White Heat.

The Graham Norton Show airs at 10.35pm on BBC1.

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Beauty guru Charlotte Tilbury is coming to Cork as part of Brown Thomas’s Style Summit series.

You can join Charlotte for a glittering galaxy masterclass at the Cork store on October 9, 2019. Talk about the dream way to spend a Wednesday. 

Charlotte will introduce makeup lovers to her latest launches during the masterclass.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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You will also be able to meet and greet Charlotte herself. The true dream.

Guests can also look forward to personalised mini quick tricks, a goody bag with Charlotte Tilbury treats and an exclusive preview of Charlotte’s upcoming Christmas trinkets, treats and treasures.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The event takes place on October 9 from 6 to 9pm at Brown Thomas, Cork.

Tickets cost €120 and are redeemable against Charlotte Tilbury products on the night.

Grab tickets here. They'll sell out in no time.

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The Graham Norton Show returns to our screens after what has felt like forever and we’re very excited about tonight’s line-up.

The Corkman has quite a brilliant line-up for the opening of the new season so say goodbye to your Friday night plans.

The legendary Dame Helen Mirren will join the Irish presenter tonight to chat about her new series, Catherine The Great and her family history.

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Comedian Jack Whitehall will also be on the show to chat about working with The Rock on The Jungle Cruise. 

Simon Reeve and RuPaul complete the lineup for tonight’s Graham Norton Show.

There will also be music from the wonderful Alphabeat.

The Graham Norton Show airs on BBC 1 at 10.35pm.

 

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On The Late Late Show this Friday, two powerhouses of Irish comedy, Pat Shortt and Tommy Tiernan, will chat to Ryan about joining forces for the gritty black comedy Dark Lies the Island. The film is set in a small Irish town over a week-long period, and also stars Moe Dunford, Peter Coonan and Charlie Murphy. 

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Rising star of the airwaves and of screen, Doireann Garrihy will discuss the biggest year of her career to date, as well as dealing with online bullies. She will also impersonate some of the well-known Irish faces that feature in the second series of The Doireann Project. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Former Irish football international Kevin Kilbane will be in studio to discuss, amongst other things, feeling Irish whilst living in Britain in the Brexit era, his love of Mayo football, and his devastation at the loss of his father. He has also just been unveiled as one of the upcoming contestants on Dancing On Ice, and will predict whether his football skills will transfer to the ice.

This Friday features a special performance from Moya Brennan, along with the RTÉ Philharmonic Choir, ahead of receiving her Lifetime Achievement Award at the upcoming RTÉ Radio 1 Folk Awards.

There will also be a debut performance of the new single from Hudson Taylor. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Only on The Late Late Show, Friday, September 27 at 9.35pm on RTÉ One

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The Unmissable Rewards Diner, Ireland’s first singing diner created by Bord Gáis Energy has officially opened its doors today. The 1950’s themed pop-up diner will be serving an All-American menu as a pre-show experience, for Grease from today until September 28 at the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre.

Bord Gáis Energy has created The Unmissable Rewards Diner as a reward to theatre goers, combining the thrill of going to see an amazing stage production, with a money can’t buy pre-theatre dining experience. Customers of the Bord Gáis Energy Rewards Club, Ireland’s biggest energy customer loyalty programme, were given exclusive first access to The Unmissable Rewards Diner with all sittings now sold out.

However, Bord Gáis Energy is giving everyone the chance to win a pair of tickets to Grease along with seats in The Unmissable Rewards Diner through its social media channels. Theatre fans are encouraged to visit Bord Gáis Energy competitions on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @bordgaisenergy as details of these are announced in the coming days.

At the Unmissable Rewards Diner, not only will guests get the chance to sample a 1950s diner menu that includes Frenchie Fries, Kenickie Fried Chicken, Zuko Hot Dogs and Teen Angel milkshakes but they can also sing along to Grease classics with the diner’s singing wait staff. The diner will be kitted out with a thunderbird car, retro diner booths and accessories that will inspire customers to channel their inner T-Bird or Pink Lady.  

Peter Andre recently previewed the Unmissable Rewards Diner and spoke at the launch: "I am delighted to be in Dublin to be one of the first to experience Bord Gáis Energy’s Unmissable Rewards Diner.

"The Unmissable Rewards Diner is a fantastic opportunity for theatre goers to experience an unforgettable night of 50s themed food and music. I’ll be performing on the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre stage as Teen Angel in a few weeks’ time and I can’t wait to be part of the brilliant cast of performers in this musical classic.”

To learn more about Bord Gáis Energy’s unmissable rewards, visit here.

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This December, experience Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas as you never have before, with the majesty of the RTÉ Concert Orchestra and three original cast members Danny Elfman, Catherine O' Hara and Ken Page live.

Never before seen in Ireland, multiple award-winning composer, songwriter and reigning Pumpkin King, Danny Elfman will be bringing Disney’s timeless classic, Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas to life on December 8, 2019 at 3Arena Dublin as part of the movie’s 25th anniversary celebrations. 

Performing his role of Jack Skellington, Danny Elfman will be joined by other original cast members Catherine O'Hara as Sally, and Ken Page as the voice of Oogie Boogie with full orchestral accompaniment by the RTÉ Concert Orchestra.

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Conductor John Mauceri, Founding Director of the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, will be leading the RTÉ Concert Orchestra and a choir performing the film's classic score and songs live to picture. The concert will also include featured violin soloist, Sandy Cameron. 

First released in 1993, Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas was directed by Henry Selick (James and the Giant Peach) and based on a story and characters by Tim Burton. The film follows the earnest-but-misguided adventures of Jack Skellington, Halloween Town's beloved Pumpkin King, as he attempts to take over the Christmas holiday.

Against the advice of Sally, a lonely rag doll who has feelings for him, Jack enlists three mischievous trick-or-treaters – Lock, Shock, and Barrel – to help him kidnap Santa Claus.

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 Tickets are on sale now and available from all Ticketmaster outlets nationwide

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Hudson Taylor are one of the greatest Irish bands around at the moment. The Feel It Again singers deserve just as much praise and success as Picture This, yet they can often be overlooked.

Their latest single Back To You should be on everyone’s Spotify playlist because it is one of their best songs to date. It’s got that pure Irish folk sound with Hudson Taylor’s heartfelt lyrics.

To mark the release of their new single, the brothers have confirmed a string of Irish dates and you can guarantee we’ll be heading along to see them.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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They’ll be performing all across the Emerald Isle, including five nights at Whelan's.

Do yourself a favour and go to one of their December shows in Whelan's. Their Christmas week gigs makes my December ten times better. It is by far one of the best gigs of the year, so don’t miss out when tickets go on sale next week.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Hudson Taylor are undoubtedly one of the best bands to come out of Ireland in years so bless your ears and head along to see them on their Irish tour.

You can buy tickets here. Tickets go on sale on Friday, September 13.

Check out the full list of tour dates below:

10th October – Blackbox Theatre, Galway

11th October – Big Top Dolans, Limerick

12th October – Speigeltent, Wexford

13th October – Cyprus Avenue, Cork

17th October – Set Theatre, Kilkenny

19th October – Lukers, Shannonbridge

24th October – Kenny’s, Lahinch

25th October – Ruby Room, Castlebar

27th October – The Guildhall, Derry

31st October – Mike The Pies, Listowel

1st November – Debarras, Clonakilty

17th – 21st December – Whelans, Dublin

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Gypsies on the Autobahn are set to play at The Button Factory, November 15 2019. Tickets €15.00 inclusive of booking fee, available now from Ticketmaster.

The four-piece is comprised of brothers, lead singer James and drummer Dan Smith, guitarist Niall Mooney, and Gary Quinn on bass. After processing their first outing 2017’s Born Brief, a record ten years in the making, it’s evident that they have arrived at a point in their lives where they not only know the music they want to make but also they know themselves more than they ever did before. Freed up from the pressure of introducing where they came from on their debut, Suspended brings with it a more mature sound and central theme of hope born from moments of struggle.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Talking about writing the record, James said he had always previously found it necessary to try to use his lyrics to speak to someone else. However when it came to moving forward he found that familiar process transitioning into one that delivered lyrics he identified as him searching for hope for himself. It’s that intimacy and insular dialogue that delivers Suspended's big emotional punch and creates inevitable internal conversations for the listener because everyone can relate to them on a deeply personal level.

While they admit they write songs in what might be considered a backwards way, music first and lyrics second, it’s easy to see that it is born from an understanding between four young men who have been creating together for over a decade. This understanding allows them to continually bring each other outside of their comfort zones.

A lack of fear in suggesting things that might on the surface level sound unorthodox, ultimately delivers moments of glory that give this sophomore record brand new life. Being so close for so long doesn’t come without conflict, yet even as tensions rose and a battle between their own aggressions and sensitivities reared its head, all it did was create a raw environment where only candour could exist.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Teaming up with producer Ciaran Bradshaw, Suspended glues together seamlessly but is never afraid to go places the previous track hasn’t, providing big guitar moments that meet at a crossroads with the slower piano driven junctures like the record’s heart breaking first single Make You Mine. You can’t help but feel that Gypsies on the Autobahn aren’t just wanted by those who listen to them, they are needed.

Four men unafraid to be vulnerable in a society where that so rarely transpires. A voice for everyday people who carry real tragedy but can’t help but move forward with an infinite hope for the future.

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