Sunday 25 September 2016

Ryan Tubridy narrowly escaped being skewered by pole smashing through a window at Dublin burger joint

Published 08/04/2016 | 13:39

Ryan Tubridy talks about a narrow miss at a Dublin restaurant
Ryan Tubridy talks about a narrow miss at a Dublin restaurant

Ryan Tubridy has revealed he narrowly missed being maimed in a freak accident at a trendy Dublin city burger joint this week.

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Tubs said he was introduced to Bunsen on South Anne Street by his nephew and eldest daughter and went there for lunch with colleagues on Wednesday.

"[We went] because one of my colleagues was a bit poorly but not poorly enough they couldn't have a burger," he said. "They just had a hectic night researching the music scene in Dublin."

The Late Late host revealed he's something of a burger joint connoisseur, championing several London and New York establishments as well as Irish favourite Eddie Rockets (classic with cheddar cheese is his burger of choice).

"This place Bunsen in town, it's like a little prison tray, the menu is like a business card, literally, 'Do you want a burger or do you not, do you want chips or do you not, do you want a drink or do you not?'" he said.

"It's one of those juicy burgers, magnificent, everything's falling out, stringy fries and everything, cold can of Coke..."

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While they were seated two young men came in and sat beside them and it was a little cramped so they moved tables to a far corner of the restaurant.

"Just as we moved seat, a bang hit the window upstairs, the window smashed and there was a hold in the window," said Tubridy.

"Turns out the awning outside the front had broken and the pole that was holding the awning had whipped around and where I'd been sitting was just here [points to beside his head] so I could have died!

"No, I'm just joking.  I could have ended up with glass in my face which would have been a good look, or a pole in my eye which would have been.... imagine doing a show with a black eye and then all the rumours?

"No one was sitting there thankfully.  Everything's fine.  It's just an aul sceal, one of those bizarre things, something exciting in my life.  But the burger was delicious!"

The Late Late Show host told the 'sceal' during Thursday's Facebook Live chat to promote tonight's show.

Guests will include Brush Shiels who, at 70 years of age, is s going to set a record - running the first ever Late Late Over-70s Indoor/Outdoor 100-metres Pacemaker Challenge taking him from Fair City's Carrigstown to the Late Late studio floor.

Sonia O'Sullivan will be in studio to give him expert advice and talk about the World Championships in Stuttgart.

Also on tonight's show Philip Boucher Hayes will be talking food while Professor John Crown will reveal why he3's turning his back on politics.

Rural Ireland will come under focus too with environmental planner Conor Skehan talking about a future in which there's an increasing drift towards the cities.  A panel including independent TD Michael Fitzmaurice, the Irish Farmer's Journal's Mairead Lavery and businessman Peter Ward will argue it out with him.

Music will come courtesy of Stockton's Wing, Pulse of Tradition and the breakout star of Centenary, Sibeal Ni Chasaide performing “Mise Éire”.

Independent.ie has reached out to Bunsen for comment.

The Late Late Show, Friday, RTÉ One at 9.35pm

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