Mulcahy: Tubridy attends Grand Hibernian unveiling
Published 24/04/2015 | 02:30
RTÉ broadcaster Ryan Tubridy was one of several esteemed guests to attend the grand unveiling of Ireland's first luxury sleeper train, the Belmond Grand Hibernian this week.
Railway tracks, conductor hats and levels crossings hold a dear place in Ryan's heart.
Not totally surprising given his grandfather Todd Andrews was the chairman of CIE.
Dr Andrews later went on to become chairman of the RTÉ Authority.
"Somebody once asked my grandfather what the main difference between the respective organisations was," Tubridy recalled.
"And without batting an eyelid he replied; 'There are a lot more passengers in RTÉ'."
"Obviously, that was a long time ago and things have greatly changed since then," Tubs hastened to add.
* Minister from Transport, Tourism, and Sport Paschal Donohoe also made a fleeting appearance at the launch of the plush new train.
"I bet it makes a nice change to talk about trains, not buses tonight," one reporter piped up as a waiter carrying canapes whizzed by.
"If you ever wanted evidence I have a diverse job it's my day ending up like this," Paschal shrugged.
* TV3 made an unfortunate typo during the transmission of The People's Debate with Vincent Browne this week when they claimed Anti-Austerity Alliance member Tom Holohan's name was, in fact, 'Tom Hooligan'. Oh dear.
When contacted last night, a TV3 spokesperson insisted it was a nothing more than a simple mistake.
"These things happen from time to time," she said.
"It was a slip of the finger, not a Freudian slip."