Dermot Bolger has written more novels than some people will ever read, but the esteemed author believes nothing can raise his spirits more than leafing through the daily sports pages of newspapers.
"I would sooner read the sports pages and learn about the good things people are doing in the world," he said.
"Than look at the front page and see all the bad things we're doing."
Dame Julie Andrews received a rapturous reception when she walked the red carpet at Dublin's Savoy Cinema for the closing gala of the Jameson Dublin International Film Festival.
Most journalists quizzed Andrews (inset)about warm apple strudel, brown paper packages tied up with string, and the delightfully brooding Captain Von Trapp.
But one reporter caught the good Dame off guard when she asked if the Oscar winner had ever "taken anything while on a set".
Andrews stared at the hack slack jawed for a moment before composing herself.
"For a moment I thought you were talking about drugs," she said before clarifying the only item she had ever "taken" from a Hollywood film set were Mary Poppins buttoned up boots. "And I don't regret it," she declared.
Hundreds took to the streets rallying behind the strike by Dunnes Stores workers yesterday.
Niall Boylan from Classic Hits 4FM chatted to those on the ground singing their supportive chants and showing their solidarity. But one chap named Adam failed to impress Niall when he recited his chant. "Up the Dunnes Stores workers. Show some solidarity and come and picket at one of their national stores, show your support, bring a sign" he proudly chanted in a sing song tone.
There was a pause before Niall said; "Yea, doesn't exactly roll off the tongue. I'd round that out if I were you."