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LOVE/HATE is dominating the IFTAs this year and this Sunday some of our familiar gangsters, assassins and molls are performing on the Abbey stage as part of The 24 Hour Plays.

The event sees 24 actors, including Peter Coonan (Fran), Aoibhinn McGinnity (Trish) and Caoilfhionn Dunne (Lizzie) collaborate with six directors and six playwrights as they try to create and stage six entirely new works within 24 Hours.

All money raised goes towards Dublin Youth Theatre, one of Ireland's oldest youth theatre groups.

•POP beauty Una Healy has no problems turning heads Stateside -- but her search for fame across the pond has hit an embarrassing hurdle.

It turns out that Americans can't understand a word the Tipperary native is saying.

Una (31) has been filming a new show for US channel E documenting their attempts to crack the US market.

Una and the girls have been forced to add subtitles for the new show, Chasing The Saturdays, which airs on February 19.

•Anyone who has visited Speakers Corner in Hyde Park will know just how bizarre and entertaining a spectacle it is.

So we're looking forward to seeing Meeting House Square transform into our very own Speakers Corner this weekend.

We The People is part of mini-festival The Theatre Machine Turns You at the Project Arts Centre and gives artists and performers the chance to speak their mind.

The event was founded by Kila band member Rossa O Snodaigh and topics range from the arts to sex. It take places this Saturday and Sunday evening in Meeting House Square.

•He loves driving racing cars and was the badboy of Boyzone, but it seems Shane Lynch is a traditional family man at heart.

The Dubliner, who has two young daughters, says he is often away for weeks on end either touring with Boyzone or driving racing cars.

And whilst he is away, Shane says he likes to know that wife Sheena is at home looking after their family.

"I could be on tour for two months or away for a weekend driving racing cars around the world.

"I couldn't possibly be married to someone who was working if we had kids. I don't know how people do it."