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Tuesday 24 April 2018


l Mrs Brown's Boys creator Brendan O'Carroll was delighted this week when his daughter and co-star, Fiona, gave birth to a bouncing baby boy.

Nearly all of the extended O'Carroll clan have appeared in the hugely popular TV show, and according to Fiona it won't be long until baby Isaac follows suit.

"We're not casting actors anymore," she said. "We're breeding them. This little fella will be acting before he can crawl."

l Daniel Radcliffe's 'people' were full of dos and don'ts when the Harry Potter star (pictured right) touched down in Dublin last week for the Irish premiere of What If.

Press were informed that questions about Robin Williams, booze and the Dublin minor GAA football team were strictly out of bounds on the red carpet.

The list of demands reminded us all of the time another diminutive actor also called Danny rolled into town.

Last year, at the Jameson Dublin International Film Festival, Danny DeVito's agent laid down the law with Irish media: under no circumstances were we to mention the star's love life, or, bizarrely, the world of competitive hairdressing.

"If anyone so much as mentions a set of curlers they're out," she snarled.

By comparison, Radcliffe's demands seem relatively normal.

l Speaking of hair-dos, I ran into my favourite RTE presenter Marty Whelan this week, whose bouffant hair transplant has been receiving non-stop praise from Winning Streak fans.

"The reaction has been fantastic," he said. "Although I'm not the poster boy for L'Oreal just yet."

Asked if he was planning on getting any other cosmetic surgery to maintain his devilish good looks, Marty replied: "All the other bits seem to be in working order.

"I've had no complaints or problems, so I'll leave them for the moment." TMI. Marty, TMI.

l Poor Leo Varadkar was left scratching his head after sitting through Enda Walsh's Ballyturk at the Olympia Theatre.

The Health Minister admitted the three-man show went "completely over his head" after the final curtain fell.

But this didn't seem to bother playwright Enda Walsh one jot.

"This isn't a play with a woman in a big frock standing in front of a mirror," Walsh said. "I want to make people feel and question and think."

Perhaps, that's a little too much to ask of Leo.


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