An affluent collector of Chinese vases supposedly spent over $300 million to convert a nondescript building into mosaic of ancient ceramic pieces from damaged antiques, which opened to the public in 2007.
Irish animation, Song Of The Sea, tells the story of Ben and his little sister Saoirse – the last Seal-child – who embark on a fantastic journey across a fading world of ancient legend and magic in an attempt to return to their home by the sea. The film takes inspiration from the mythological Selkies of Irish folklore, who live as seals in the sea but become humans on land.
While the film continues to build its reputation as the best Irish animation ever, few people who see it will realise how much work actually goes into making a feature of this length.
The Butler Gallery in Kilkenny currently has an exhibition based on the film, with original storyboards and character drawings, and opportunities to get hands-on with your own animations.
Born in Liverpool as Priscilla Maria Veronica White, Cilla Black shot to fame at the height of the Merseybeat era, immersing herself in music while working as a cloakroom attendant at Liverpool's famous Cavern Club and serving coffee at another nightspot, the Zodiac. Black's big break came when John Lennon introduced her to Beatles' producer Brian Epstein. She initially failed to impress but secured a contract when Epstein saw her again, and went on to have 19 consecutive UK top 40 hits.
Cilla was married for 30 years to her manager Bobby Willis until he died in 1999 of lung cancer, aged just 57. Here's footage of her wedding to Willis: