Gene Kerrigan: Never mind reality, let's just get more celebrities to visit
Life without glitz is no life at all, so let's line up the Beckhams, Cheryl, or even Sarah Palin to cheer us all up, says Gene Kerrigan
WE need another blast of celebrity. Fast. Perhaps we could ask Brad and Angelina to drop in. Maybe Lady Gaga would pay us a State visit and ride down the Liffey on a gondola drawn by swans. Surely some genealogist can establish that Tiger Woods's great-great-granny hailed from Termonfecken? And if all else fails, Cheryl Cole is at a loose end.
The triumphant QEII and Obama gigs had their serious sides, but overwhelmingly they were about glitz and glam and -- as the old folk would say -- they were about taking us out of ourselves.
Oh, there were excuses for the visits -- closing old wounds and visiting ancestral origins -- but when we look at ourselves in the mirror we know what all the hoopla of those days was about.