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Caroline, Raj, Brilliant Boys, The Cooper Temple Clause

On The Café this Thursday, March 22nd, Aidan and Laura catch up with 'Off The Rails' presenter Caroline Morahan and Raj Khan from RTÉ's 'Nios Gaelí'. They also chat to two of 'Ireland's Brilliant Boys' entrepreneur Gavin McConnon and car driver Emmet O'Brien. Plus UK rock outfit The Cooper Temple Clause play live and Oliver Callan provides comedy.

Caroline Morahan
Caroline MorahanCaroline Morahan is well known to tv viewers as the presenter of RTÉ's fashion programme, 'Off The Rails' and also as the face of the celebrity-chasing show 'The Fame Game'.

From Dublin, Caroline received a BA in Communication Studies from DCU, completing a thesis in fashion photography. After graduating, she was offered her own column in the Evening Herald, working as their fashion correspondent and social diarist.

Caroline made her TV presenting debut in 2001. Her big break came through an open audition at the RDS, where 2,000 eager hopefuls had gathered in the hope of being chosen to present a new show called 'The Fame Game'. After two weeks of gruelling auditions, Caroline was selected to present the show which ran for four seasons.

In 2002, she was offered the job of presenting 'Off the Rails' alongside Pamela Flood. Alongside this show, Caroline has hosted RTÉ's new reality show 'Chance to Dance', which offered dancers a chance to maker a career out of dance. She has also appeared in 'Fair City', 'The Panel' and 'Close Encounters with Keith Barry'.

Raj Khan
raj khanTwenty-four year old Raj Khan is originally from India and came to public attention through RTÉ's 'Nios Gaelí' about people from other countries who are learning Irish traditions.

Raj is currently learning how to play the tin whistle and speak Irish.

At 19 Raj Khan left his native Bangladesh with $100 in his pocket and spent a couple of years travelling the world before settling in Ireland.

He is currently working as bicycle courier and is an artist. He wants to learn Irish to improve his chances with Irish women. His ambition is to become the next Hector.

Brilliant Boys
Entrepreneur Gavin McConnon and car driver Emmet O'Brien are among 60 "Brilliant Boys" under the age of 35 profiled in April 2007 edition of Image magazine. The list of "hot young guns" from all walks of life also includes our own Aidan Power.

Gavin McConnon is 29 years of age and has already has numerous successful ventures under his belt.

Leaving school in fifth year to set up an Internet company, Gavin introduced competition scratch cards to newspapers. His current venture is the online video rental company, Moviestar.ie and he is involved in property investment with sites in Ireland, the UK and China.

With a villa in the South of France, Gavin drives a Ferrari 360 Spider and last year he took part in the notorious European Road Race, the Gumball Rally.

However, it is not all about the cash. Gavin set up a charity called the Likulezi Project in Malawi and funded a school and training centre there.

Emmet OBrienTwenty five year old Emmet O'Brien is Ireland's first driver in the World Touring Car Championship and also has his own car valeting business.

Emmet got his first go-kart when he was 13. Two years later, he started out racing in the karting championships all over Ireland and the UK.

One of the world's youngest drivers on the circuit, Emmet trains six days a week and hits speeds of up to 170mph when racing.

He was recently offered a drive at the wheel of a 300 brake horsepower SEAT LEON in the 2007 Championship, which will visit some of the most famous circuits in the world.

The Cooper Temple Clause
The Cooper Temple ClauseUK outfit The Cooper Temple Clause perform 'Waiting Game' on The Café from their new album 'Make This Your Own'.

As well as releasing their new single 'Head' on Friday, the band are playing Whelans in Dublin. On Saturday they play Spring and Airbrake in Belfast.

The band comprise of Ben Gautrey (guitar, keyboards, bass, vocals), Dan Fisher (guitar, bass, vocals), Tom Bellamy (electronics, bass, vocals), Kieran Mahon (keyboards, bass) and Jon Harper (drums). Their former bassist was Didz Hammond who left to join Carl Barat's band Dirty Pretty Things.

Formed in 2000, The Cooper Temple Clause's albums also include 'See This Through And Leave' and 'Kick Up The Fire, Let The Flames Break Loose'.

Their third offering 'Make This Your Own'  is a mix of radio-friendly emo pop with 'Waiting Game', 'What Have You Gone And Done' to cool folk with 'Take Comfort' and dark '80s with 'Head'.


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