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The Insider: 26/01/2010

CELEBS will be out in force tomorrow for the official opening night of Brian Friel's acclaimed masterpiece, Faith Healer, at the Gate Theatre.

The production has already played to sold-out audiences in Sydney and Edinburgh last year and now the original cast, including Owen Roe, Ingrid Craigie, and Kim Durham, will return to the stage for a 23-performance run, kicking off on Wednesday, January 27.

Tickets costing between €25 and €30 are available from www.gatetheatre.ie.



  • A host of big names will step out tomorrow night for the official opening of Ceol na Cathrach at the Temple Bar Gallery and Studios, Studio 6.

The new exhibition aims to provide an insight into the history of Irish traditional music in Dublin throughout the 20th century.

The invitation-only event will kick off at 1pm, with special guest Des Geraghty in attendance and will run until January 31.



  • TWO male Irish singers will be flying the flag for Ireland tonight when the finals of the 6th Veronica Dunne International Singing Competition takes place at the National Concert Hall.

Dean Power and Benjamin Ruffell will go head to head with two South Africans and one Russian soprano, having been chosen from 59 singers from across the globe in a bad to take the top prize of €10,000. Guests will see the lucky finalists perform with the RTE National Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Laurent Wagner this evening.



  • SOME of Ireland's top party people and celebrity stars will be at Lillie's Bordello this Thursday night for a special charity event for of the Irish Cancer Society.

The glitzy evening will see the official launch of a new X Marks the Spot charity calendar, which features some of the country's best known models and, of course, Big Brother beauty Noirin Kelly.

Among those on the guest-list are former Apprentice stars Breffni Morgan and Stephen Higgins, who will be treated to a drinks reception kicking off from 7pm.

Hotspots.ie resident DJ Frank Jez will be on the decks for the night.



  • FOLLOWING the success of the first Mantra Garden Bar and club in Maynooth, the celeb-studded venue is set to expand its horizons with plans to bring the first of four more Mantra Garden Bars to Carlow town.

The Kildare hotspot opened in a blaze of publicity last year with guests including Sophie Ellis-Bextor, Sunderland chief executive Niall Quinn and his wife Gillian, Corrie stars Gray O'Brien and Michelle Keegan and band The Corrs all in attendance.

The huge venue boasts 8,000 square feet of oriental gardens, five bars, a 30ft waterfall feature, Asian garden gazebos situated amongst 250 different species of exotic plants and an outdoor glass lift.