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Thursday 8 December 2016

Pretending to eat ice cream was tough task

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Caroline Morahan, with Lorna Dolan - 8 years old and Liam Tolan - 8 years old
Caroline Morahan, with Lorna Dolan - 8 years old and Liam Tolan - 8 years old

I was conscious I needed to fit into some figure-hugging gear for the IFTAs, so I've been watching what I eat.

I was helping Down Syndrome Ireland to launch Ireland's Ice Cream Fundays in the Botanic Gardens but I had to resist the temptation and just pretended to eat the ice-cream.

Lorna and Liam were the stars of the photo and were having great fun tucking into a bowl of strawberries and ice-cream. It's a great campaign that's raised over €3m to date.

Later that day I had to dash across the city to the head office of the Irish Film and Television Academy.

We had our first big script meeting and the office was a buzz.

The place looked like the bullpen of an American cop show - but instead of photos of suspects and theories pinned all over the walls, it was a collection of Ireland's most talented actors and staging plans.

We had a great session throwing ideas around. After a long meeting, I left happy that we've got a snappy, fun blueprint already in place.

Fitness fanatics looking to give back can take part in this Sunday's Cafe Java Charity Cycle and Walk in Sandymount.

Participants can raise much-needed funds for Saint Vincent de Paul and Aware by undertaking either a 40km or 20km cycle.

Families are also welcome to participate in the 5km Family Fun Cycle or 5km walk, with everyone invited to an afterparty in Mulligans of Sandymount after the challenge.

To pre-register or to find out more about the event including sponsorship fees visit www.cafejava.ie or their Facebook page.

Battle of the Bay kicks off

Surf's up in Dollymount Strand this weekend as the Battle of the Bay Watersport Festival kicks off.

Tomorrow and Sunday the festival plays host to a leg of this year's Kite Boardercross Championships plus Stand-up Paddle Boarding Competition. There will be live music, a kids zone, funfair, food village and loads of other fun activities. It's a free weekend of fun for all the family, with everyone welcome from 10.30pm to 6pm.

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