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VICAR ST – COMEDY CENTRAL
In these doom and gloom times you can always head to Dublin’s Vicar St for a bit of laugh. Des Bishop is back in the venue performing ‘Tongues’ for a special one-off show on September 3. All proceeds from will go to Barnardos and tickets are €16. Dara O’Briain is performing on September 7 and 18, 19 and 20. Jason Byrne is getting ready to entertain on September 25 and Andrew Maxwell on October 16. Meanwhile, Paddy Courtney is taking to the stage on November 22. If you think about it, there is comic relief available almost right up to Christmas. Tickets are available through Ticketmaster and other usual outlets nationwide, booking line number: 0818 719 390.

BRING IT BACK
A new website aimed towards a nostalgic audience has launched with the goal of resurrecting old products. Inspired by the campaign to bring Cadbury’s Wispa bars out of retirement and back on to our shelves, site founder Matt Skerrett set out to create a platform for anyone to start their own campaign to ‘bring back’ favourite products, TV programmes, services or whatever they want! Wow!
“The aim of Bringitback.com is to bring products no longer available back to the shelves,” he said. “Should a campaign gain enough momentum and generate significant interest, we will be able to demonstrate a very strong demand to the original manufacturer, hopefully convincing them to bring it back! One of our favourites so far has been the campaign to bring back The A-Team; the exceptionally popular television series from the ’80s that still seems to make appearances on our screens with Mr T featuring in the most recent Snickers advert.”
Meanwhile, enthusiasts are also provided with tools to show off and promote their campaigns to friends, such as a fully integrated Facebook application showing the last five campaigns the user has signed. Bringitback.com also has monthly prizes for their highest contributing members – winners are offered Amazon.com vouchers in varying prize levels each month.

SINGULARLY INDEPENDENT
Modern single men are apparently domestically self-reliant. According to a study conducted by the Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan in the US, older men did more housework than younger men, but single men did more in all age groups than married men. And in fact a statistical chart showed that single men spend about nine hours a week on housework.

TEMPLE BAR GETS A SCREENING ROOM
The Screen Directors Guild of Ireland (SDGI) has come together with Sony Ireland to launch its first ever screening room for directors. This exclusive room is solely for the use of film directors hosting intimate screenings and will be used as a landmark screening room in the heart of Temple Bar, Dublin. It is hoped that the facility will raise the status of directors in Ireland by giving them a place to showcase their work to financiers and also where SDGI will hold its directors’ clubs.
“We’re ecstatic that we have the support of Sony Ireland for this project – we have long hoped for an appropriate venue to facilitate screenings for SDGI members, and to have such a high-end venue available to us in Temple Bar will enable us to further develop our activities,” said Birch Hamilton, executive director, SDGI.
The Screen Directors Guild of Ireland is a representative body established to support the needs of screen directors in Ireland across all audiovisual media. The Guild currently has 146 members and the board is made up of high profile directors such as Neil Jordan and Jim Sheridan.

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