Dougal's no to Dana
THE presidential campaign has revived interest in Fr Ted comedy -- with thousands of people viewing a clip where the Craggy Island cleric talks about his rebel youth. He told Fr Dougal about the things he used to do while he was in the seminary -- including mitching off to a Dana concert.
But Dougal was having none of it. "Dana -- no one's listening to Dana anymore -- you'd want to be mad to listen to her," he said. Given what's happened in this campaign, was Dermot Morgan more of a visionary than we ever imagined?
Brewing up a storm
MICHAEL D Higgins has now got enough musicians to beat the band. First this week, there was the Saw Doctors. Then folk singer Mary Coughlan turned up to support him at an event organised by Labour Women. And now, The Stunning are coming out of semi-retirement to "brew up a storm" for him in a specially arranged gig in Whelan's in Dublin next year. We didn't know -- but we do now -- that Michael D once appeared on their 1993 live album, 'Tightrope Walker', reciting poetry.
Mary's X Factor
"WHO'S got the X Factor when it comes to the presidency?" enquired the lady TV reporter yesterday, jabbing her microphone in the direction of Maureen Walsh, mother of showbiz guru Louis.
Without hesitation, Maureen inclined her head towards Mary Davis, one of the seven candidates, and declared emphatically: "Mary has it, without a doubt."
This ringing endorsement of Ms Davis came her way when she was brought to Maureen's cosy two-storey home on the outskirts of Kiltimagh, Co Mayo, during a tour of the region yesterday.
Maureen revealed she would never consider giving her number one vote to anybody but Mary. She is, after all, a neighbour's child.
Mary, a former Mayo Person of the Year, was brought up in the townland of Kinaffe, about three miles from Kiltimagh.
TAOISEACH Enda Kenny has been putting a brave face on what has been a disastrous campaign so far by Gay Mitchell. And he is now joining Gay in dismissing all those inaccurate opinion polls which show him trailing.
"I do not believe these polls at all from the evidence that I have from the days I've been on this campaign with Gay Mitchell and his wife, Norma," he said in Cork yesterday.
Gay himself attacked another target -- the bookies who had paid out on Michael D Higgins. "A publicity stunt," sniffed Gay.