BOYNE Rugby Club was awash with familiar faces over the weekend as a plethora of Ireland's biggest sports stars tackled a unique event there.
Grand Slam winning champ Brian O'Driscoll lined out with fellow Ireland teammates Paul O'Connell and Jonathan Sexton for the O2 Play Them Next competition.
More than 3,000 rugby supporters had registered for the contest, but in the end it was Boyne RFC Under-9s who won the big prize.
They got the chance to play with the three rugby stars. The young team was also treated to a skills masterclass given by the trio of heroes, who also posed for pics with all the lads.
•THIS morning saw equestrian champion Susan Oakes saddling up for a photocall, joined by her stallion Atlas.
She was joined at the RDS by former Miss Ireland and newly-wed Aoife Cogan ahead of the Discover Ireland Dublin Horse Show.
They announced details of the Lindt side-saddle Concours D'Elegance, which takes place next Thursday.
Coinciding with Ladies' Day, the display features stunning habits and costumes alongside a historical account of side-saddle riding, taking place in Ring 2.
•HORDES of festival fans left the capital city over the weekend to head down to the Liss Ard music, food and literary festival.
Thousands headed down to the historic estate for the event, which also saw a host of chefs and food producers showcasing their wares. The event took place on the stunning 200-acre estate, which is just outside the town of Skibbereen, and saw a host of home-grown talent take to the stage.
Performers included Lisa Hannigan, Mick Flannery, Heathers and Stevie G.
That wasn't the only festival going on in Cork though -- Indiependence also attracted a respectable number of music fans. Taking place at Deer Park in Mitchelstown, among artists were Feeder, Maverick Sabre, Delorentos and Bressie.
•THE Tall Ships Races is coming back to Dublin on August 23 to 26.
The weekend will see the capital city transformed along the north and south quays with various events on the bill to mark the occasion.
A live music stage will be set up by Bulmers in George's Dock, where there will be performances from Ash, Cathy Davey, The Undertones, Duke Special, Ryan Sheridan, Delorentos and Dublin Gospel Choir.
There will also be literary trails, heritage events and visual arts exhibitions with plenty of offer for attendees.
A food theatre will also be set up at Linear Park.
•GOLDEN Discs has just celebrated its 50th anniversary and to mark the milestone, it has released a double album.
Covering five decades of the best in Irish music from 1962 to 2012, artists including Christy Moore, Ronnie Drew, Mary Black and Liam Clancy are all featured on the release.