Wednesday 22 April 2015

The fifth and final 'March for Marriage' took place at the weekend with 8,000 people taking to the streets in solidarity with gay men and women.

Published 26/08/2014 | 02:30

The fifth and final 'March for Marriage' took place at the weekend with 8,000 people taking to the streets in solidarity with gay men and women.

While most placards proclaimed messages of hope and equality, one poster gave some sobering insight into the reality of married life.

"Gays have every right," it read. "To be as miserable as I make my husband."

l Here's one for Dublin's councillors to mull over.

'Ireland AM' host Alan Hughes is looking to follow in the footsteps of Nelson Mandela, Mother Teresa and Brian O'Driscoll and receive the 'Keys to the City'.

Hughes believes his commitment to the world of pantomime makes him a worthy recipient. Oh yes he does!

"I've been doing panto for 21 years now," he said.

"That's longer than Twink and Maureen Potter so perhaps I could get it for providing entertainment to the children of Dublin."

I don't know if playing the part of 'Sammy Sausages' is quite as demanding as leading the fight against apartheid in South Africa, but perhaps our esteemed City Council feels differently.

l Abbey Theatre director Fiach Mac Conghail announced this summer that he was simultaneously coping with his impending mid-life crisis, and "indulging his narcissism" by "doing the Samson trick" and chopping off his trademark shoulder length bob in aid of the Peter McVerry Trust.

This week, Mac Conghail set the date for his make over. "It'll be September 15," he said. "Edward Kane is doing the honours".

Now all there is left to do is choose the new look. "It could be a buzz cut, an undercut or short back and sides," he said.

"Either way it will be very different, a lot less maintenance and a lot less swishing."

l It looks like broadcaster Ryan Tubridy (inset) has finally had enough of the non-stop flak he receives from Irish radio and TV critics and is contemplating a permanent move across the pond to the BBC.

"A couple of years ago I would have said that was highly unlikely," Tubs revealed in an interview with the RTE Guide.

"But now I'm more inclined to rule the option in than out.

"Terry Wogan did it for a while and didn't come home. Of course, there will be a lot of people hoping for that outcome." Not me Tubser!

mulcahy@independent.ie

Irish Independent

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