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Wednesday 7 December 2016

Cecelia Ahern celebrates birthday by blowing out candles on new book

Author Cecelia Ahern
Author Cecelia Ahern

Cecelia Ahern celebrated her 34th birthday by blowing out the candles on a cake that was baked in the image of her new book.

The top author's 12th book, The Marble Collector, will hit shelves on October 29 and her hubby David Keoghan surprised her with a cake in the design of the cover.

"Happy Birthday Cecelia. One of the greatest human beings I've ever met. Not a bad little writer too," David captioned a snap of her intricate cake.

The couple have two children, Robin (6) and three-year-old Sonny.

Her best pal Yvonne Connolly was also on hand to help her celebrate, throwing her a surprise party.

"Cecelia is one of my best friends. She is kooky, quirky and very supportive," she said recently of her close pal.

"She is the best person when you are feeling down.

"When other people are pandering to you, and saying, 'are you OK?' she is the one to say something and make you laugh," she added.

Jazz icon set for NCH gig

Legendary jazz pianist Keith Jarrett is set to return to Dublin's National Concert Hall for an evening of solo piano improvisations.

Keith received the US National Endowment of the Arts Jazz Masters Award in January 2014 and is recognised worldwide as one of the most creative and uncompromising musicians of our time.

Tickets from €75 are on sale from 10am on Friday from the National Concert Hall Box Office or visit www.nch.ie.

Rudeboys get a new date

The Original Rudeboys have rescheduled their single launch to The Academy on Saturday, November 14.

No alcohol will be served on the main floor, but over-18s can avail of the upstairs balcony bar for alcoholic drinks.

Tickets at €20, including booking fee, go on sale on Saturday at 10am from Ticketmaster outlets.

Brave soles for charity event

The DEBRA Ireland Firewalk takes place tonight in the Stillorgan Talbot Hotel and will see 65 brave participants take part in the hottest, shortest sponsored walk in the world.

The volunteers will challenge themselves to walk barefoot over hot coals to raise awareness and much-needed funds for adults and children living with the rare, painful skin condition epidermolysis bullosa.

The event starts at 7.30pm and the brave souls will walk barefoot across 20 feet of wood embers burning at 800 degrees from 9pm onwards.

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