Thursday 22 February 2018

Mulcahy: Veteran broadcaster Byrne in good spirits

Gay Byrne
Gay Byrne
Kirsty Blake Knox

Kirsty Blake Knox

Veteran broadcaster Gay Byrne (80) was in good spirits when attending the launch of The Diageo Guinness World 1 Archive Exhibition.

"I am delighted to be here," Gay told the crowd.

"Although, at my age I am delighted to be anywhere."


* An overly-eager Michael Healy-Rae sprang to his feet in Leinster House this week when Ceann Comhairle Seán Barrett called on Sinn Féin's Gerry Adams to speak.

Before Healy-Rae could begin to ramble, Barrett interrupted warning the Kerry man that "Healy-Rae is not Adams".

"No, I am not," Healy-Rae conceded. "I shave."


* Good news for culture vultures keen to avoid all the paddywhackery of Saint Patrick 's Day.

Dublin's Lighthouse Cinema is screening a sing-a-long version of R Kelly's legendary "hip-hopera" 'Trapped in the Closet' on March 14.

For those of you who don't remember the legendary 22-part musical series, the narrative involves promiscuous midgets, spatula-wielding nosey neighbours, extramarital affairs, scatology and, of course, the lyrical majesty of Kelly's vocals. In other words, the same old same old...


* Ronan Yourell of indie rock band Delorentos recalled one of his hairier moments on stage while promoting the band's single 'Show Me Love', which is up for the 2015 Meteor Song of the Year award.

"I accidentally kicked a fan in the face once," he said. "It was a fleeting blow and I apologised profusely afterwards, but it was pretty bad.

"I think that's why there's a barrier between the stage and the crowd - to protect the fans."


* ''Love/ Hate' may have picked up more Ifta awards than any other TV show in RTE's history, but the show's creator seems unperturbed about the fate of the glitzy award ceremony.

"It doesn't really bother me if it happens or not," said Stuart Carolan. "The second year we all won lots of awards and it was great fun, but I'm not that concerned if it gets the go-ahead."


* It seems the bright lights of Hollywood have made their way to Dublin Docklands. Well, sort of.

The country's largest free-standing sign has been erected near the Point Village.

It stands at 50ft which the press release stressed is "the height of the Hollywood letters".

"It will definitely be a landmark for the area," a spokesperson said. "But it might not be as glamorous."

Irish Independent

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