Saturday 20 July 2019

If there's one thing we all know about broadcaster Pat Kenny, it's that he likes to live life dangerously.

If there's one thing we all know about broadcaster Pat Kenny, it's that he likes to live life dangerously.

And it seems his 'bad boy' persona is starting to rub off on his UTV Ireland co-star Chris Donoghue (inset below). Asked what presenting advice he had bestowed upon Chris, Pat replied: "I've told him to open his jacket.

"He said they wouldn't let him and I said; 'Go rogue, Chris, open the jacket and live life on the edge'."

The following night the jacket was open.

I know what you're thinking; someone better call An Garda Siochana before things really kick off.

This week, the good people at Google released a selection of new 'Street View' images allowing tourists to take virtual tours of well-known Irish landmarks such as Christ Church Cathedral, the National Botanic Gardens and the Aviva Stadium.

Asked if nosey members of the public would be able to snoop around the Aviva locker rooms, a spokesperson replied curtly: "No. Google Street View is not that creepy. We leave locker rooms well alone."

Good to know.

Indie musician du jour Hozier surprised a group of students at the British and Irish Modern Music Institute when he staged an impromptu "musical master class" yesterday morning.

Among other things, Hozier (inset right) discussed his lesser known track 'Jackie and Wilson'.

The song pays homage to legendary performer Jackie Wilson, a fact that is sadly lost on some of the musician's younger fans - who thought he was referring to award-winning children's author Jacqueline Wilson.

Jacqueline is best known for penning tween novellas, including 'Girls in Love', 'The Tracy Beaker Story' and 'Teddy Goes Swimming'.

"A lot of people come up and ask if I'm singing about her. And I always say: 'I am. I thought she was unsung'," he joked.

As least, I think it was a joke.

There's no denying that politician and former managing director of the Abbey, Ernest Blythe, was a divisive figure.

He certainly wasn't remembered in the most favourable terms by thespian Pat Laffan at the launch of The Abbey Theatre's Oral History Project.

"He had nothing theatrical about him whatsoever," Laffan said.

"He saw staging rural theatre as an instrument for national defence.

"He was very old, but very definite in his opinions. And if he made the decision that he didn't like you, you were dead."

Minister Paschal Donohoe is working away on his many personal resolutions for 2015.

Aside from cycling around town, Paschal has said he hopes to finish reading one book before the year is out.

While it may seem a modest ambition, Paschal says it will take all his mental fortitude. "My year is littered with books I never finished," he said.

"So I'm giving it all my focus."

Irish Independent

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