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Eoin Higgins set to test his skills

- FOOD critic extraordinaire Eoin Higgins, who has just been announced as the new editor of The Dubliner magazine, is set to test his skills on Thursday when he battles it out in the kitchen against fellow food critic Ingmar Kiang.

Guests at the event, which takes place at the Angler's Rest in Chapelizod, will have to decide who cooks the better meal.

Front of house hospitality will be provided on the night by guest maitre d' Paul Trainer of The Dubliner magazine, who will serve a special selection of wines with each course. Guests can also look forward to receiving a free copy of The Dubliner 100 Best Restaurants guide book.

All funds raised will go directly to Temple Street Children's Hospital,

Tickets cost €50 and can be organised through Joanne Pollard at the Angler's Rest on 01 820 4351 or by e-mailing JoannePollard@thewrightbargroup.ie or paul@thedubliner.ie

- WINE LOVERS will be out in force tonight for a special West Coast Wine tasting evening hosted by the company's co-directors Gerry and Paul McSharry.

Guests will enjoy a taste of their unique international wines collection, previously unavailable in Ireland.

The invite-only event will take place at the exclusive Il Segreto restaurant on Merrion Row from 6pm to 8pm.

- The Wright Venue in Swords will throw the biggest leaving cert results party in the country tomorrow night, with top DJs Frank Jez and Stephen Cooper set to entertain the masses on the night.

Tickets for the celebratory event will retail for €15 plus booking fee and are from Ticketmaster outlets nationwide. They can also be bought on the door from 9pm on the night.

- THE countdown to this year's 2010 Rose of Tralee International Festival begins this morning when 32 Irish and International Roses are presented to the media at the RTE studios in Donnybrook.

Representatives from centres in Australia, Canada, Dubai, England, mainland Europe, New Zealand, the United States and, of course, Ireland, are all taking part, with native Kerryman Daithi O Se joining in the fun.

Adding to the excitement of this year's festival is a performance by former X-Factor winner Alexandra Burke, Diversity and Heather's from Dublin.

The stars are due to take to the stage at the Dome on Wednesday, August 25, for a special concert called The Big Party, which takes place in association with Radio Kerry.

- VOLUNTEERS including Rob Ross, George McMahon, Jenny Kavanagh and Donal McIntyre will step out tonight to attend a special launch party to celebrate their participation in a climb of Mount Everest later this year.

The group will be lead by adventurer and explorer Pat Falvey, with all proceeds going to the Hope foundation. A photocall will take place outside the Basecamp Adventure Store on Middle Abbey Street at 7pm, with VIP guests including Mickey Joe Harte and Rosanna Davison all expected to attend an after-bash at the venue.