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There's hardly a person who doesn't know of the legendary 'Wizard of Oz' film - but did you know that Judy Garland's iconic dress from the film was missing for almost 50 years - until now!

The iconic blue gingham dress worn by Garland in the film was donated to a university drama department - but mysteriously vanished in to thin air.

However, a discovery was accidently made when workers were clearing out a section at the Catholic University of America (CUA) which is undergoing renovations.

The dress had been gifted to Rev. Gilbert Hartke by actress Mercedes McCambridge in 1972 when he was then Head of the drama department.

Lecturer Matt Ripa stumbled across the costume while cleaning up after spotting a bag containing the blue-and-white dress.

“I couldn’t believe it,” Ripa said. “I have found many interesting things during my time at CUA, but I think this one takes the cake.”

The university will keep the dress in its archives.

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Lots of laughs at Courtneys

There promises to be a lot of laughs in Courtney’s Bar next Thursday (October 27) with comedian Colum McDonnell’s live show. The Dundalk native has appeared in RTÉ’s ‘The Savage […]

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There promises to be a lot of laughs in Courtney’s Bar next Thursday (October 27) with comedian Colum McDonnell’s live show.

The Dundalk native has appeared in RTÉ’s ‘The Savage Eye’ and ‘Bridget and Eamon’ as hapless friend ‘Fierce Handy Frank’. He also headlines festivals.

The comedian and actor is best known for his television appearances and writing credits on the IFTA nominated satirical RTÉ sketch show ‘Irish Pictorial Weekly’.

His comedy festival appearances include the Kilkenny Cat Laughs, The Vodafone Comedy Festival and the Edinburgh International Comedy Festival.

Colum has been described as having ‘the intelligence of Arsene Wenger, the looks of Che Guevara and the accent of Jim Corr’.

Doors open at 8.30pm on the night.

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Sisters are back in the habit for heavenly musical

Brace yourselves sisters – the habit is coming to the Gleneagle INEC Arena from January 31 to February 4 as ‘Sister Act – the Musical’ promises a Heavenly experience. Don’t […]

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Brace yourselves sisters – the habit is coming to the Gleneagle INEC Arena from January 31 to February 4 as ‘Sister Act – the Musical’ promises a Heavenly experience.

Don’t miss this eagerly anticipated brand new production of the Broadway and UK smash hit musical ‘Sister Act’ direct from London.

All your prayers have been answered with a stunning cast including West End sensation and Hairspray star Lizzie Bea and Emmerdale and Waitress legend Sandra Marvin as Deloris, everyone’s favourite nun on the run!

Disco diva Deloris’ life takes a surprising turn when she witnesses a murder. Placed under protective custody she is hidden in the one place she shouldn’t be found – a convent! Encouraged to help the struggling choir, she helps her fellow sisters find their true voices as she unexpectedly rediscovers her own.

Featuring original music by Tony® and eight-time Oscar® award-winner Alan Menken (Disney’s Aladdin, Enchanted) and songs inspired by Motown, soul and disco, this heavenly musical is joyous and uplifting in equal measures. A musical sent from above, Sister Act is the brilliant, must-see show which raises the spirits and warms the soul time after time.

Early bird tickets (Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday shows only) on sale now from €34 (running until October 14) available from www.inec.ie and www.ticketmaster.ie.

Early Bird offer (Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday shows) from €34.
Stage & Stalls (Friday and Saturday and all shows after early bird) from €48.65
Balcony, Upper Balcony, Side Balconies from €44.05 (Friday and Saturday and all shows after early bird)
Family of four from €156.20
OAPs and Students – from €36.50 (all shows).

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