Tuesday 27 September 2016

Mulcahy: Derek Davis's jackets a talking point at late broadcaster's funeral

Published 19/05/2015 | 02:30

Derek Davis
Derek Davis

Derek Davis’s penchant for garish suit jackets was a talking point at the late broadcaster’s funeral in Dublin yesterday.

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“You could only look at some of them through a welding mask,” Davis’s son Colm said.

He remembered the elation his mother Úna experienced when she was asked to donate “a particularly gruesome one” to a charity auction.

Unfortunately, Úna’s joy was short-lived when the bidder who snapped up Derek’s jacket returned the item of clothing at the end of the night.

Speaking at his father’s funeral, Colm informed the congregation the jacket was now being put to good use.

“I think it’s currently being used to keep ships off the Kish Bank,” he said.

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Broadcaster and our future president, Miriam O’Callaghan, suggests an unusual way to improve the quality of production on ‘Prime Time’ in this week’s edition of the RTE Guide.

Speaking about co-host David McCullagh, Miriam says: “David is not only a brilliant journalist but he’s ... a good laugh too.

“I sometimes think as we walk towards each other on the set, like Morecambe and Wise, we should skip across the studio floor.”

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Taoiseach Enda Kenny’s appearance on Ireland AM – where he buttered scones and talked about starving the Cabinet – has been outflanked in popularity by another, slightly more demanding TV3 guest.

A clip of host Alan Hughes being attacked by a cockerel in the back of Ballymount Gardens has proved much more popular.

In the clip, Alan picks up the bird gleefully asking his production team: “I hope this is the cock, is it?”

The comment seems to irritate the bird who ruffles his feathers, accidentally hitting Alan in the face. Startled, Hughes stumbles backwards into a wooden fence.

“That clip of the cock has got a great reaction online,” Hughes said. “Everyone keeps talking

Irish Independent

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