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50 celebrities line up for panto

- THIS year's Cheerios Panto, Beauty & The Beast, promises to be the biggest and best yet, with more than 50 celebrity guests lined up to star in one performance each when the show opens at the Tivoli theatre in December.

Among the big names signed up to take part in the production, which stars TV3's Alan Hughes as Sammy Sausages, are Andrea Roche, Brian Kennedy, Glenda Gilson, Derek Mooney, Brian Ormond, Pippa O'Connor and many more.

The show will open on December 20 with low-priced previews available from December 14.

- SOME of Ireland's most successful women will be on hand at The Ultimate Girls Day Out at the RDS next weekend to reveal the secrets of their success.

The U Magazine Smart Girl Zone will include talks from bestselling authors such as Shelia O'Flanagan and Cathy Kelly, top business leaders such as Gina Quinn, CEO of Dublin Chamber of Commerce, and Margaret Nelson, CEO of FM104, producer of Xpose Debbie O'Donnell and top model Sarah McGovern, who will do some coaching to help perfect that catwalk stride.

The event takes place on Friday at the RDS and will be hosted by former TV3 star Lorraine Keane.

- EXCITEMENT is building ahead of an exclusive performance by legendary singer Jose Carreras and Michael Ball this Saturday and Sunday evening at Kilruddery House, Wicklow.

The stunning 17th-century surroundings of Kilruddery House, with its natural amphitheatre, manicured gardens and ideal picnic areas will open its doors to what promises to be a night to remember.

Having previously performed in Carnegie Hall and the Royal Albert Hall, Carreras is set to delight and entertain his Irish audience with performances from La Boheme, Tosca, Werther, Don Carlo and many more.

He will be accompanied by Naas-born soprano, Celine Byrne.

- A host of big names will take part in Ireland's first Fairy Wing Fun Run in The Phoenix Park next month.

The event, on September 12, aims to raise enough money to support the running of a girls' protection home in Calcutta and is being organised by the Hope Foundation.

The run will be 5km and takes place at 11am.

Those interested in participating should visit www.hopefoundation.ie to register.

- AFTER a busy Saturday night of rock, soul, pop, reggae and hip-hop, revellers at this year's Electric Picnic will have the opportunity to relax on Sunday afternoon with a special lunchtime performance by the RTE Concert Orchestra.

Making their first performance at a festival, the 55- strong orchestra, conducted by David Brophy, will be presenting a special Electric Proms in the lush surrounds of the Body and Soul area from 1pm to 2.30pm.