Wednesday 24 July 2019

Socialist Party TD Paul Murphy took his new seat in Dail Eireann this week. While the former MEP is thrilled to be back from Strasbourg, he says the Kildare Street setting lacks the home comforts of the European Parliament. "It's different," he said. "There is nowhere to put my school bag." Diddums.

Socialist Party TD Paul Murphy took his new seat in Dail Eireann this week. While the former MEP is thrilled to be back from Strasbourg, he says the Kildare Street setting lacks the home comforts of the European Parliament. "It's different," he said. "There is nowhere to put my school bag." Diddums.

Novice social media users often mistake acclaimed author Colm Toibin with the less-well-known TV producer and prolific tweeter of the same name.

Not that this seems to bother the Enniscorthy-born, award-winning writer Toibin one jot.

"It does cause a bit of confusion," said the author. "But to be honest, I absolutely love it. I am constantly cited in papers for saying things I never uttered. The only downside is dealing with the disappointment people feel when they meet me and realise I possess no such wit." Don't be so harsh on yourself, Colm.

Being a beauty queen is a tough slog. Just ask current Miss Universe Ireland Lisa Madden - who will hop over to Miami in the coming months for the Donald Trump-endorsed Miss Universe competition.

Madden (inset) has already embarked on a gruelling preparation regime. "My Mum is going to help me perfect my pageant wave," she explained. "And I'm spending hours looking at acceptance speeches online. I'll be world peace-ing it to the max." How noble.

Who knew writer Niall MacMonagle had such a fondness for provocative poetry? The poet is one of the judges on RTE's 'A Poem for Ireland' - a nationwide search for the country's favourite stanzas. But MacMonagle is encouraging us to consider more risque readings, such as Paul Durkin's 1978 poem 'Making Love Outside Aras an Uachtarain'.

Durkin's poem recounts a lazy summer afternoon getting frisky outside the presidential building. "He imagines Dev spotting him in the grass, and stalking towards him waving a rifle and crying 'Stop making love outside Aras An Uachtarain'," MacMonagle explained.

That's food for thought.

Nice to know that Jamie Dornan has a back-up plan if 'Fifty Shades of Grey' turns out to be a flop at the box office. "If it's a nightmare," he said, "I'll move to the outer reaches of Mongolia and live in a yurt." mulcahy@independent.ie

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