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The Insider: putting you in the picture

IRISH designer Pauric Sweeney took centre stage at a vino-filled launch last night. The well-known handbag creator was out pressing the flesh at the Little Museum of Dublin as he unveiled his latest limited-edition creation, designed especially for the event and called the Carmen Explorer.

HE has come up with six unique bags that are not available to buy in any store -- instead wine lovers and fashionistas will need to keep an eye on Carmen's Facebook page for more information on how to get their hands on one of his bespoke creations.

Sweeney said he was "honoured" to be asked to create a design inspired by the brand. A favourite of celebs, among those who have been spotted toting his bags are Jessica Biel, Daisy Lowe and even Jennifer Lopez.

wwwA bevy of models including Roz Purcell, Tiffany Stanley, Nadia Forde and Michelle McGrath checked into a photocall for the new Nightline Parcel Motel this morning.

The well-known beauties were turning on the smiles for the camera at the Grand Canal dock for an invitation-only launch as full details of the new company were unveiled.

DJ Steve Cooper was on hand to do an open broadcast for 98fm while organisers set up a Wheel of Fortune for attendees with a host of prizes up for grabs, including tickets to see Madonna live at the Aviva Stadium on July 24.

Independent delivery company Nightline has just kicked off its scheme to create a network of self-service parcel terminals in an attempt to make online shopping cheaper and easier.

wwwThis week saw a host of fashionistas hoofing down to the G Hotel for the launch of the Summer Festival 2012.

Guests at the bash in the upmarket hotel were on hand to hear details announced of the five-star hotel's Best Hat Competition.

And this year, it's definitely worth your while dressing up during Galway Race Week, which starts on Monday July 30. Up for grabs for the hotel's event is a Philip Treacy creation that was inspired by none other than pop sensation Lady Gaga.

Given that Treacy designed the Galway venue, it makes sense that he should lend his talents to create the prize for the winner of the August 2 event, which coincides with Ladies Day.

This year, a selection of leading milliners including Mark T Burke and Carol Kennelly have also devised headpieces for the four runners-up. Judging the event will be Melanie Morris of Image magazine, alongside beauty editor Triona McCarthy, who will be trying to pick out a 'winner alright' from contestants. This year will also see top female jockeys Nina Carberry and Katie Walsh pressing the flesh in the hotel, when they will be hosting Q&A sessions from August 2-4.

wwwDon't forget that the Vodafone Comedy Festival will come to the Iveagh Gardens later this month.

Organisers have announced a line-up of 65 Irish and international stars who'll be taking to the stage to entertain punters from July 26-29. Among those on the bill for this year's event are Police Academy star Michael Winslow, alongside Reginald D Hunter, Al Murray and the award-winning Tim Key.

Also hoping to draw a few laughs will be our own Tommy Tiernan, alongside Jason Byrne, PJ Gallagher, Ardal O'Hanlon, Neil Delamere and David O'Doherty. Republic of Telly star Bernard O'Shea will also be there, with Aidan Bishop who is hosting a showcase of the best from the International Comedy Club.