THE red carpet will be rolled out at the RDS in Ballsbridge tomorrow night for a glitzy chapter in the social calendar. Some of our best-known authors have been invited to attend the Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards as they fight it out for one of the coveted accolades at the black-tie event. Aimed at honouring the best in Irish writing, this year's shortlist certainly makes for impressive reading.
Luminary greats like John Banville, Edna O'Brien, Joseph O'Connor, John Boyne and Emma Donoghue are in the running along with Olympic boxing champ Katie Taylor, Mary O'Rourke, David Norris and David McWilliams. On the night, Dublin author and Whitbread prize-winner Jennifer Johnston will also be honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Award.
RAW actress Charlene McKenna joined forces with comedian Dermot Whelan recently as they helped announce details of the Electric Ireland 'powering kindness' week. A new initiative aimed at encouraging more goodwill around the country, the end of the week will see some €100,000 donated to three chosen charities by the company. To take part, simply do a good deed for someone else and then assign it to either Concern, Focus Ireland or Special Olympics Ireland. The charity with the greatest number of kind acts completed in their name will receive some €50,000 while the other two will each get €25,000 to put towards worthy causes.
A GALAXY of stars will be descending on the O2 in Dublin this weekend for the annual Cheerios Childline Concert. This Saturday's fundraiser will see headline act The Script as well as X Factor finalists JLS and last year's winners Little Mix, alongside Stooshie, Jedward, Lawson, Hudson Taylor, Level 5 and Mary Byrne.
Host Keith Duffy will be ably assisted by Xpose's Glenda Gilson. All proceeds will go towards Childline Ireland.