Dammit!!! I won’t be in Ireland until May!!!!

Tennis Stars to Serve Up Ace for Fans on Catwalk
DUBLIN (Reuters) – The world’s most glamorous female tennis stars are set to serve up an ace for their fans in Dublin this week when they compete on the courts for an exhibition cup and strut their stuff on the catwalk for charity.
Appearing alongside the likes of the celebrated Williams sisters, Serena and Venus, and Anna Kournikova will be several leading supermodels.
Irish and international designers such as Escada and John Rocha will be showcased by Tyra Banks, Sophie Dahl and Jodie Kidd.
After the two groups join forces for the fashion extravaganza Wednesday night, the tennis stars will pick up their rackets for a tournament exhibition that will pit Europe against the United States.
Coming hot on the heels of Russia’s success in the Davis Cup last week, Kournikova will be hoping to lead Europe to victory in the inaugural Collins Cup. The new cup is the women’s tennis equivalent of golf’s Ryder Cup, the promoters say.
In an interview, supermodel Sophie Dahl, granddaughter of renowned children’s author Roald, bridled at the suggestion of any jealousy between the models and the players.
The fashion industry, renowned for its intense rivalry, has sometimes raised disapproving eyebrows at Kournikova who is the world’s most photographed tennis star and has adorned countless numbers of fashion magazines.
Although Dahl admitted that tennis was not her “burning passion,” she played down any rivalry between the two sides.
“I don’t get annoyed if an actress is featured on the front page of a magazine, and the same goes for tennis players,” she said.
“While I don’t go out and play tennis, if someone can do something there’s no reason why they shouldn’t,” she told Reuters.
Dahl hinted that she would be interested in following in the footsteps of pop stars and other glitterati in establishing a bolt-hole in the Emerald Isle, which has no personal income taxes for artists.
For fellow supermodel Tyra Banks, who appeared on Will Smith’s television comedy series “Fresh Prince of Bel Air,” it was her first time in Ireland.
Although also not a big tennis fan, Tyra said she was looking forward to supporting the charity extravaganza, which will raise funds for the Chernobyl Children project to aid victims of the 1986 nuclear disaster.
“Children’s causes are really special to my heart,” said Tyra, who takes 60 young girls up into the mountains each year for an adventure trip aimed at boosting their self-esteem.