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  • irishtimes.com - Posted: March 30, 2012 @ 4:01 pm

    If you only do one thing this weekend, celebrate Flann

    Laurence Mackin

    Listen: You can wear your heart on your sleeve tonight, with a few fundraising concerts taking place in Dublin. Relive the glory days of the Clash with Mick Jones, Pete Wylie and The Farm in the Academy – they are touring in aid of the Hillsborough Justice Campaign. Meanwhile, over at the Olympia, a fundraiser for Barretstown in honour of the late Paul Newman has pulled in a roster of Irish stars with a slightly seasoned flavour, including Sinéad O’Connor (how’s that for a career turnaround?), Ham Sandwich, An Emotional Fish, Something Happens, The 4 of Us, Lir and Engine Alley. Both are ¤25 a pop.

    Theatre: Love All was one of those little theatrical gems that may have escaped your notice as it rattled through Dublin earlier in the year, and now there’s a last chance to see it in Bewley’s Cafe Theatre. “It may pose as a knock-up, but it leaves the sensation of a grand slam,” sayeth Peter Crawley – and who are we to dispute the point? The show tells the story of Vere St Ledge Goold, a 19th-century star of the tennis world who went from Wimbledon to prison through a series of scandels. It ends on Saturday – as does the Tiny Plays for Ireland, just in case you haven’t heard enough about it already.

    All the lads on the tear: John Ryan, Anthony Cronin, Brian O’Nolan (Flann O’Brien), Patrick Kavanagh and Tom Joyce on Sandymount Strand in 1954

    Celebrate: Ah Flann O’Brien – we shall never see his like again. So celebrate the man, his work and his multiple personas this Sunday with Myles Day 2012, which takes place in the Palace bar on Fleet Street, Dublin. There will be performances, readings and, one suspects, more than a few pints sunk in his honour. It kicks off at 3pm. And, as a little treat, here is his first Cruiskeen Lawn column, which appeared as Gaeilge, and another sample of his genius.

    Read: It’s a bit of a Peter Carey love in this weekend: tomorrow’s Irish Times features an interview with the author, and his new book is reviewed by Eileen Battersby. But if you want your information straight from the author-shaped horse’s mouth, then Carey will be in conversation with Joseph O’Connor about his new novel The Chemistry of Tears in Dun Laoghaire’s Pavilion theatre next Wednesday. So that will give you plenty of time to read the book first and get your heckles really sharp. Click here for more information.

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