Tuesday 28 March 2017

#TBT: Why 2007 was the most important year in Irish pop culture

Jodi Albert, Gillian Filan and Georgina Byrne, partners of Westlife band members attend the Meteor Ireland Music Awards 2007
Jodi Albert, Gillian Filan and Georgina Byrne, partners of Westlife band members attend the Meteor Ireland Music Awards 2007
Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova, after the pair won an Academy Award
Brian McFadden and ex Delta Goodrem in 2007
(L to R) Sybil Mulcahy, Aisling O'Loughlin, Lorraine Keane, Lisa Cannon and Karen Koster
Jodi Albert, Gillian Filan and Georgina Byrne, partners of Westlife band members attend the Meteor Ireland Music Awards 2007
Jade Goody after The Late Late Show in 2007
U2 Frontman Bono (real name Paul Hewson) is congratulated by his wife Ali Hewson after receiving a Knighthood awarded to him in 2007
Saoirse Ronan in Atonemeny
Amy Winehouse at the Meteor Ireland Music Awards 2007

Jamie Tuohy

2007 was a glorious year for Irish pop culture.

Xposé launched


April 2007 saw the launch of Xposé – Ireland’s first dedicated celebrity and entertainment gossip show, hosted by Lorraine Keane, with Karen Koster, Sybil Mulcahy, Aisling O’Loughlin and Lisa Cannon as co-presenters. Based on E! News, the show sought to offer viewers 30 minutes of unadulterated entertainment news and regular fashion features as well as following its well-heeled presenters around a plethora of exclusive VIP events.

A couple of months into the show’s run, Karen Koster made headlines when Pharrell Williams walked out of an interview with the show after she quizzed him about a then-troubled Britney Spears. However, Xposé was a ratings hit and the current line-up also features Peter O’Riordan and Cassie Stokes.

Brian McFadden scored a No.1 single


Three years after leaving Westlife, Brian McFadden scored his third solo number one in Ireland with the highly memorable track Like Only A Woman Can. The song was released under Brian’s own label, BMF Records after the singer parted ways with Sony BMG following creative differences. The record was eventually knocked off the top spot by a song entitled Beautiful Liar by two little-known artists by the names of Shakira and Beyoncé.

The Point Depot hosted its last Meteor Music Awards before closing


Ah, two now-defunct institutions in Irish pop culture memory – both of which will no doubt go down in history. 2007 brought with it many changes and one of them saw the closure of Dublin’s iconic Point Depot, which was shut down in the summer of 2007 to begin extensive renovations on what would go on to become the O2 Arena (now the 3Arena). However, it made sure to go out with a bang as it hosted the 2007 Meteor Music Awards, which welcomed stars such as Amy Winehouse, The Pussycat Dolls and erm, Kerry Katona. No shade.


Jade Goody gave her first post-CBB interview to The Late Late Show


Few people will forget the explosive race-fuelled tirade that the late Jade Goody launched on Bollywood star Shilpa Shetty in the Celebrity Big Brother house in 2007. As she went from having the world at her feet and millions in the bank to losing it all, Goody would go on to become one of the most talked about women in the British media following the scandal. In her primetime, post-show interview, Goody sat down with Pat Kenny to discuss her life as Britain’s most well-known reality TV star and how she had apparently lost everything. The star went on to regain public favour but sadly passed away in 2009 after losing her battle with cancer.


Irish success at the Oscars


Irish eyes were certainly smiling for Dublin musician Glen Hansard and his then-girlfriend Marketa Irglova when they scooped the Academy Award for Best Original Song for their co-written track Falling Slowly from their indie film, Once. The 2007 win made Hansard an international star having steadily built his career since the early 90s as lead vocalist of The Frames. Since the Oscar win, Once has transferred onto the stage in a specially-written script by renowned Irish playwright Enda Walsh that has taken Broadway and the West End by storm.


Saoirse Ronan made her first movie


Fast-forward nine years and 22-year-old Saoirse Ronan is one of the most in-demand actresses in Hollywood, with a string of awards and two Oscar nominations under her belt. But it all started in 2007 when she was cast as Briony Tallis in Joe Wright’s movie adaptation of Ian McEwans’s Atonement. The 2007 role earned a then 13-year-old Saoirse her first Academy Award nomination in the form of Best Supporting Actress and so began her meteoric rise into stardom.


Bono became a knight


Yes, really. Back in 2007, Bono was made a knight, or to be precise ‘Knight Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire.’ However, the U2 frontman did not receive his honour from the Queen in Buckingham Palace, but from the then British Ambassador to Ireland in his official residence. If you’re wondering why you haven’t heard anyone referring to the rocker as ‘Sir Bono’, it’s because that is a title only reserved for members of the Commonwealth.

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