Monday 19 March 2018

The Insider

The Voice Of Ireland star Niall Breslin was a man in demand over the weekend. The TV hunk and former Blizzards star was out at the Helix on Sunday night, doing his usual judging slot for the RTE show.

But he was whisked straight from the Helix Theatre to perform a DJ set at the Porterhouse in Bray. He was working his magic on the decks for revellers -- there was an unusually large number of ladies in attendance as they got their fill of eye candy.

•Food fans will be heading west next month for the inaugural Galway Food Festival. Taking place during the Easter Bank Holiday weekend from April 6 to 9, the new event aims to promote the City of Tribes as a haven for gourmands. A city-wide event, the festival will feature restaurants and food outlets throughout Galway and includes open-air markets, restaurant trails and a festival village.

•The Bord Gais Energy Theatre will play host to the Moscow State Circus when the company comes to perform in Dublin for one night only on March 26.

The new Babushkin Sekret extravaganza is inspired by the legend of the 12 chairs and promises to take the audience on an incredible journey.

Featuring everything, from the beautiful queen of Russian circus Yana Alievia on the revolving ariel chandelier to the Whirlwind Rubsovs Troupe, there's definitely something for everyone.

And drawing a few laughs will be award-winning clowns Valerik and Valik.

Tickets priced from €15 are on sale now.

•ALIce In Funderland is the latest production to be staged at the Abbey Theatre. Produced by Phillip McMahon and Raymond Scannell, culture vultures will be beating a path to the northside theatre for the opening night on April 4.

And the Diary certainly got a chuckle from the dress code on the invite, which advised "more is more".

After more than a 20-year absence, the musical is back with a bang and is described as a modern take on a classic tale. The story centres around Alice, who has been reinvited as a Corkonian heroine tumbling through the streets of Dublin in an "epic pursuit for meaning".

•A host of fine fillies will be heading out to Fairyhouse on Easter Monday to soak up some of the atmosphere at the annual festival.

Ladbrokes will be rolling out the red carpet and hosting an invite-only lunch with lots of familiar faces expected to attend. As well as promising lots of social action, all eyes will be on the Irish Grand National with a thrilling race expected for sports fans.

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