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That's Your Lot - Buying 

Friday, 2 November 2007

Dearbhla and Alan are back this week trying to getting some good advice and splashing the cash!!!

This year The Afternoon Show's very own antiques strand, That's Your Lot, is back, with a twist!

This year our TWO presenters, Dearbhla Lennon and Alan Shortt are competing against each other.

Through the course of the strand they will be buying and selling antiques in the hope of making a profit. Whoever has made the most at the end of the series will be declared our winner!

They will also be learning about antiques along the way as they receive masterclasses from the best in the business.

The story so far. . .
Dearbhla and Alan started out their expedition into the world of antiques about a month ago. Armed with €250 each they went to an auction in Carlow in search of bargains and hot tips! They then went on to sell in Fairyhouse. After that they were off to Galway to buy again and most recently, (last Sunday) they were selling in Kilkenny Market and there back this week on the hunt for some more bargins in Buckleys Auctions in Sandycove, Co. Dublin.

Dearbhla Lennon

"Celebrity Jigs N' Reels" star Dearbhla Lennon began dancing at the tender age of two under the expert tuition of her mother, Móna Ní Rodaigh. Having achieved multiple accolades at regional, national and World Championship level, she represented Ireland at many International Festivals throughout the world.

Aged just 17, she was invited to join the original cast of Lord of the Dance, where she subsequently performed as principal dancer for over five years, touring in such places as North/South America, Europe, The Middle East, South Africa and Australia.
Dearbhla debuted as principal female dancer with "Riverdance- the show" in 2005 and has also traveled the world in this capacity, performing in theatres across the Far East, Europe and Egypt.

Dearbhla graduated with a first class honors degree in Journalism and Media Communications in 2004. She was also awarded "Student of the Year" at Griffith College Dublin.  Later that year Dearbhla worked with Riverdance director John McColgan in his highly acclaimed production of the play 'The Shaughraun' for the Abbey Theatre Dublin During her time at college, she worked as both a fashion model and dancing teacher, having obtained her TCRG exam in 2001. She continues to teach alongside her mother; their school being one of the world's most successful- last year alone, they took home 17 Gold World Medals.

Some of the highlights of Dearbhla's dancing career include performing on The Academy Awards, performing for Prince Charles at The Royal Gala in The Royal Albert Hall, The opening of the 2003 Special Olympic Games (in front of an 80,000 strong audience),The BBC Proms in the Park (where she performed as a soloist) and of course winning 2007s Celebrity Jigs N' Reels with her partner Gavin O'Fearraigh.

After a brief period as a print journalist, having had a number of magazine cover stories, Dearbhla began working in television in 2005, both in front of and behind the camera.  She is currently partaking in an Irish language series for TG4 where she is learning to play the concertina! Her association with The Afternoon Show goes back to 2006 and she is thrilled to be a part of "That's your Lot" 2007.
Let the games begin.

Alan Shortt

You may remember Alan Shortt the comedian, writer, actor, broadcaster, from such shows as RTE's Celebrity Eurostar, No Frontiers, Ni Gaelgoer Me, The Panel, and Fr. Ted on Channel Four. After winning The Late Late Show young comedian award Alan decided to leave A.I.B Bank and pursue a career in acting, writing and comedy. After an extended career break from The Legion Of Mary, Alan moved from his home in Cork city to Bull Island RTE 1, where he was lead actor and writer, he played. . .

De Taoiseach, Bertie, CJ Haughey, Michael Noonan, Michael D Higgins, Bill Clinton, John O'Donoghue and many others.

Now based in Dublin, spending most of his time in traffic, over the last year he has been getting up at 4.30am to co-present Q Breakfast on Dublin's Q102, and now after spending a summer in West Cork in his private and personal nudist colony to fulfill his naked ambition to become an antique dealer!!

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