Saturday 3 December 2016

Taking a hard look at three of Ireland's local heroes

Published 05/01/2014 | 02:30

Ronan O’Gara looks on from a TV studio during the Heineken Cup final
Ronan O’Gara looks on from a TV studio during the Heineken Cup final
The late Paidi O'Se
Taoiseach Enda Kenny
Illustration by Jim Cogan

THERE is something surreal about this time of year.

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Christmas lingers like a long hangover, we are still not locked into the new year and we spend too much time watching television. Maybe that's why I spent last week ruminating about three local heroes: Enda Kenny, Ronan O'Gara and Paidi O Se -- the last two being the subject of big television profiles over the holiday period.

Enda Kenny did not have or need a television profile. Although he is reluctant to be interviewed on television, his presence is pervasive on our screens. Politically, he commands all he surveys, like David's famous portrait of Napoleon crossing the Alps.

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