Friday 20 April 2018

Along with your parents and boss, Taoiseach Enda Kenny must be the last person anyone would ever want to run into at a music festival.

Along with your parents and boss, Taoiseach Enda Kenny must be the last person anyone would ever want to run into at a music festival.

Despite this, the good people of uber-hipster US music and film fest, South by Southwest (SXSW) in Texas, have asked the Mayo man to swing by next month. Kenny will take to the stage in the "Start-up Village" on Sunday March 15, and will discuss the state of the Irish economy. Sounds riveting.

If the crowd are lucky, Kenny may even show off some of his infamous moves from the 'Bloom' festival promo video.

Michael O'Leary held a press conference this week to chat about Ryanair's sponsorship of the Fairyhouse Racecourse Grade 1 Novice Chase.

In the middle of the conference, an audacious reporter with 'The Racing Post' made sure to give a shout out to his paper's race, The Racing Post Arkle. "You hold your own press call about your race," O'Leary warned him. "And I'll hold mine."

Alas and alack, Aslan's Billy McGuinness and Linda Martin (pictured) will not be reunited on this evening's Eurosong edition of 'The Late Late Show'.

The pair got embroiled in a heated spat live on air last year with Martin describing McGuinness as "an odious little man".

"We wanted them to come back and perform a version of 'Don't Go Breaking my Heart'," presenter Ryan Tubridy said. "But Billy has another gig on."

Hmmm, sounds a little too convenient but can you blame him? There's no way he'd survive round two with Linda.

Director Conall Morrison is known for his gift of the gab.

And at a recent symposium in the Abbey Theatre, he expounded at length. And then some...

As punters eventually filed out of the auditorium, one attendee remarked: "They should have considered making use of the stagehand's hook, or trap door to hurry him up." Now that I'd pay to see.

Actor Peter McDonald, who wrote and starred in home-grown comedy 'The Stag', discusses re-naming the comedy 'The Bachelor Weekend' - to suit US sensibilities - with IFTN.

"We didn't want to change the name but the distributors were determined we come up with a title beginning with the letters A or B," he said. "That's when people start searching through the menu, they generally get through A, B and C before they give up looking. So, we reckoned we should just call it 'Aarse' - with a double A, to be sure." Thankfully, the team work-shopped the idea a little further and diverted to a more tasteful - if less original - title.

Irish Independent

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