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St Patrick's celebrations set to delight

THERE'S certainly no shortage of public celebrations taking place as part of this year's St Patrick's Day festival, with free events all over the city.

Merrion Square will be transformed into a street carnival on March 16 for the SuperValu Big Day Out, which runs from noon-6pm.

The programme will include street theatre and open-air shows alongside live music, fun zones, arts and crafts, games and Irish language events.

There will also be interactive workshops where children can create their own works of art using fresh fruit and veg.

• A fashion-filled event is being held in Dublin later this month.

Described as an evening of fashion and glamour, all the usual social suspects will be out in force at the Ballsbridge Hotel on Friday, March 22, for the charity event.

The Angels For Barnardos night will be hosted by TV3's Noel Cunningham and Cathy O'Connor, with some of our top models taking to the catwalk to showcase some of the hottest new looks.

Also taking part will be Virginia Macari and Jo Jordan, from Dublin Wives, alongside the Fair City cast.

X Factor's Mary Byrne will be belting out the tunes on the night along with goody bags on arrival and a prize for the best-dressed lady. All proceeds will go towards Barnardos, with tickets costing €35 available from the charity's website.

• Super-hoofers Prodijig will soon be dancing their way on to the stage of the Olympia Theatre.

And they have just added an extra matinee show, such is the demand from their Irish fans.

The Irish dance phenomenon, who won the hit Sky series Got To Dance, have continued to high-foot their way into venues all around the UK and Ireland since they sprung to fame.

Next month sees them in the capital performing a 12-night run from April 16-28.

• There's no less than four Irish movies being premiered in New York next month.

The world premiere of the Irish feature film Run and Jump, directed by Academy Award nominee Steph Green, will be staged at the Tribeca Festival, which kicks off on April 17.

Movie buffs will also get a look at Neil Jordan's Byzantium after it was chosen for the prestigious event, as was Lenny Abrahamson's What Richard Did and Dark Touch, starring Ronan Keating's daughter Missy. The event runs from April 17-28.