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Monday 20 October 2014

Ring it in

THERE are plenty of raucous ways to see in the New Year, but if you fancy doing something a little more cultural and unique, why not stop by Christchurch Cathedral's New Year's Eve Gala Concert.

Dublin's Gospel choir will be singing everyone's favourite carols. Those majestic bells will be ringing in the New Year after a champagne reception in the crypt. Book in advance. See www.christchurchdublin.ie.

MOST of us indulged a little too much over the silly season. While that second helping of sherry trifle seemed like a good idea on Christmas evening, we're definitely regretting it now.

The prospect of launching into a gruelling fitness regime can seem a little terrifying at this time of year, but we think the new fitness programme at Jump Zone is more fun than frightening.

Ireland's first indoor trampoline park in Sandyford Industrial Estate has a new get-fit-quick regime called Rebounding Revolution. It's basically jumping up and down for 50 minutes. See www.jumpzone.ie.

THOSE foul-mouthed Limerick boyos the Rubberbandits, above, are still basking in the success of their Channel 4 pilot and are tipped for big things in the UK. They've come a long way since Republic of Telly.

If you haven't already seen them live, check out Blind Boy Boat Club and Mr Chrome's set in The Village this New Year's Eve. Doors open at 9pm, and with their crass comedy routine they will definitely start your NYE with a bang.

TYPICALLY, sing-along films tend to be limited to children's movies or camp musicals. But the Sugar Club is bucking the trend tomorrow with a sing-along showing of legendary Irish film The Commitments.

The venue will be going retro cool as they celebrate Ireland's golden age of soul. Audience members are encouraged to dress the part to make the most of the night of 'Movieoke Mayhem'. Doors open at 8.30pm and dress code is 'Ask Me B****x'.

FOLLOWING the overwhelming success of its inaugural year last January, First Festival Fortnight is back, and it's bigger and better. The two-week festival uses live music, theatre, film and art to further understanding of mental health problems. Singer Roisin O and We Cut Corners will be performing. But we recommend checking out Stefanie Preissner's critically acclaimed play Solpadine Is My Boyfriend. The show was a runaway hit at Dublin's Fringe Festival and Stefanie is one of Ireland's brightest up-and-coming playwrights. The festival starts on January 2. www.firstfortnight.ie

THE National Gallery's Annual Christmas Family Art Holiday finishes up tomorrow. If you're tired of the Christmas sales, this is the perfect place to spend your weekend.

With plenty of artist-led workshops from Don Conroy, Clare Henderson and Louise Neiland there will be plenty of activities to keep the kids entertained while you enjoy a cup of tea in the gallery's cafe. There will be recitals by Musical Trio and free guided tours.

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