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Brace yourselves - Dublin Lord Mayor Christy Burke (inset) has decided to pen a memoir. And according to our modest first citizen it's going to be a real page-turner focusing on his political career, his time inside the Mansion House and, of course, the messy Garth Brooks fiasco.

Brace yourselves - Dublin Lord Mayor Christy Burke (inset) has decided to pen a memoir. And according to our modest first citizen it's going to be a real page-turner focusing on his political career, his time inside the Mansion House and, of course, the messy Garth Brooks fiasco.

Unsurprisingly, Dublin City Council boss Owen Keegan will feature heavily in the book.

When asked how he felt about being immortalised in the pages of Burke's biography Keegan joked: "I think if Christy sticks to the facts no one would believe him, so he should write a work of fiction instead."

The joke becomes a little less funny when you remember that the cancellation of Brooks's concerts cost the country in the region of €50m.

Actor John Hurt was less than complimentary about the BBC's make-up department when speaking at The Gate Theatre's Director's Symposium last week.

The 1976 adaptation of Robert Graves 'I, Claudius' in which Hurt played Roman emperor Caligula (and famously appeared in drag) got the most flack.

"Make-up was in its infancy back then," Hurt said. "Nobody knew what they were doing. I once spotted an actor on set with his chin on upside down."

That gaffe pales when compared to Hurt's 'I, Claudius' co-star Derek Jacobi, who could only painlessly remove his slap when submerged in a bathtub breathing through a snorkel.

Last week, TV3 gathered a selection of Ireland's showbiz journalists in Dublin's John Player cigarette factory to meet the cast of upcoming soap 'Red Rock'. It was a drawn-out palaver, with actors earnestly talking about "the craft" and story arcs. "Jaysus. What a trek," one reporter exclaimed as we finally left the freezing set behind.

"That's nothing," a more seasoned hack snorted, before telling us about a disastrous press trip he had embarked on in 2013 to meet the cast of TV3's abysmal drama 'Deception'.

"We spent six hours on a ghost estate in Galway. Some of us were even forced to make a cameo in the first episode," he shuddered. Another reporter gripped his shoulder in solidarity. "Never forget," he mumbled.

It's only three days until Ryan Tubridy bursts on to our TV screens with his annual festive treat 'The Late Late Toy Show'.

In preparation, Tubs has been getting in touch with his "inner elf" - his words, not mine. "There's devilment in there as well as a love of childhood," he told the 'RTE Guide'.

"I'm not magic. I don't work with Santa, I don't even have his phone number, but for some I am his representative on Earth."

While Ryan (inset below) is clearly taking his role as host very seriously the rest of the nation are a little more cynical regarding his presenting prowess with bookmakers Boylesports offering odds of 9/2 that he will make a child cry during the programme.

mulcahy@indepen dent.ie

Irish Independent