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All roads lead West for Brendan Courtney next week as he forsakes his familiar stomping ground of Dublin.

The style guru has been invited down to Kerry to help open up a new salon next Wednesday.

He'll be presiding over the evening, which will include a wine reception, canapes, goodie bags and a show featuring all the latest trends in hair styles at Sean Taaffe's Tralee venue.

There's also a prize for the best dressed lady, with complimentary make-up and demonstrations in bridal hair styles.

www We'll have Brit award-winning singer Beth Orton, inset, in our midst this spring.

The former collaborator with the Chemical Brothers has confirmed she'll be playing at the Olympia Theatre on March 20.

Fresh from her stint in the Pepper Canister Church just before Christmas, Orton's Dublin date will be followed with a trip to the Roisin Dubh in Galway before a performance in Kilkenny and Cork. Tickets from €23,.

•Today FM broadcaster Ray D'Arcy has thrown his star power behind a worthy cause.

He was joined in studio by John and Aisling Lonergan, from Kilkenny, as they talked about their hopes of raising funds for their daughter Katie, who has cerebral palsy.

They are trying to raise some €60,000 to send her to a hospital in the United States for an operation to help her walk. Such a procedure is currently not available in Ireland.

Born 15 weeks early, Katie's twin Conor passed away but she fought a long battle to survive before being diagnosed with the condition when she was 18 months. To donate, log on to www.katies-wishtowalk.com.

•The Smock Alley Theatre has been announced as the venue for a new original work entitled A Clamour of Rocks.

Running on February 1 and 2, the 80-minute piece was created by a group of US students as part the Gaiety School of Acting's original theatre project.

•English tenor Alfie Boe will be taking to the stage in Dublin on March 10.

Following on from the success of his Bring Him Home tour, he'll perform his biggest tour to date.

His latest release, Storyteller, is now out, as is his book, My Story.