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DUBLIN rockers Republic of Loose will be performing for their fans in the Grafton Lounge next week.

THE Comeback Girl stars will make a welcome return to the scene next Thursday as they help the Hibernian Way venue celebrate its third birthday.

All the venue's regular revellers have been invited to attend the event being organised by Garret Brady, aka Mr Hotspots.

Fronted by the inimitable Mick Pyro, the Loose have been keeping a low profile of late and are understood to be working on new material, having released their last album in 2010.

• BEER-lovers will be beating a path to the IFSC in George's Dock next week for the VIP launch of the Irish Craft Beer Village.

Back again for another year and running alongside St Patrick's Day weekend, the outdoor experience will kick off on March 13 to 18 as it showcases a mix of craft beer and cider, artisan food and live music daily.

The village will offer punters a mixture of both craft beer and cask ales, with tipples on offer from breweries all around the country – including Porterhouse, Galway Hooker and the Carlow brewing company.

The event will be free during the week and open from noon until 10pm daily, with late opening on Friday and Saturday.

Admission on St Patrick's weekend and after 7pm during the week will costs €5.

• THE baby boom was well and truly evident for this week's Mothercare launch in Dublin's city centre.

Celebrity chef Andrew Rudd, inset, threw open the doors of his Drury Court base, Medley, as he laid on mocktails and miniature scones for all the expectant mums in attendance.

Among those at the unveiling of the chain's new product Innosense were its ambassador Pippa O'Connor, who still cut a neat figure despite being due to give birth to her first baby in around six weeks time.

Other attendees included PR girl Sonia Harris alongside Anna Daly, who's due her second baby in about a fortnight. Socialite Triona McCarthy, who's due next month, was also there as was pregnant TV presenter Laura Woods and Simon Stoke's wife Conach.

• RTE's Joe Duffy will be doing the honours this Sunday evening for the official opening of the Stoker Dracula venue in his home suburb of Clontarf.

The Liveline host will take centre stage at the event, which sees the unveiling of a visitor centre and museum in the Bram Stoker Hotel, the ex Clontarf Court Hotel.

The event will coincide with the launch of a newly-published book written by Dennis McIntyre which delves into the life of the famous author and his vampire legend.