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LATE Late Show viewers will have mixed opinions on how Joan Burton performed on the first episode of the season last Friday.

LATE Late Show viewers will have mixed opinions on how Joan Burton performed on the first episode of the season last Friday.

She dodged the light questions and double dodged the hard one, before eventually realising she wasn't on Prime Time.

What viewers at home wouldn't have seen was the amount of whispering and guffawing among the studio audience until she cracked a joke about sharing a hairdresser with Mick Wallace, pictured.

Joan seemed to instantly win the crowd back and was the only guest on the night to get an unprompted off-air applause as she exited stage left during the ad break. Hopefully she gave Ryder Cup captain Paul McGinley some tips on the 'Burton Bounce' when she got back to the green room.

In a bid to foster team bonding, members of the 2FM radio team have been taking part in a series of lunch-time kickabouts on the grounds on Montrose.

Members of the footie collective include boss Dan Healy, Breakfast Republic host Keith Walsh and DJ Mark McCabe.

But it seems these "friendly matches" have become a little boisterous, with poor Colm Hayes sustaining a series of injuries.

"During the first match I cracked a rib and now I've broken a finger," he said. "But I'll soldier through." Could be worse, Colm, as least no one has pulled a Suarez - so far.

The summer holidays are almost over for our politicians, so it seems most of them enjoyed one last weekend off by attending the All-Ireland Hurling final.

Of course, Taoiseach Enda Kenny got the best seat in the house, alongside President Michael D Higgins, but others spotted at Croke Park included former minister Pat Rabbitte and economist Colm McCarthy. One imagines they had a good chat about the 'Celtic Phoenix' and lack of property bubbles.

Former Taoiseach Brian Cowen, Children's Minister James Reilly, Communications Minister Alex White and Tanaiste Joan Burton were all out for the day - and wearing particularly neutral colours. The one politician unashamed to nail his colours to the mast was Tipperary Independent TD Michael Lowry.

With Limerick losing badly in the All-Ireland hurling minor final we suspect Michael Noonan enjoyed his other outing at the weekend more than Croke Park.

On Saturday he was back home to watch the giant granny that came to Limerick for three days.

Organisers ensured Mr Noonan was afforded the best vantage point to view the highlight of this year's festival - apart from January's hullabaloo over former chief Patricia Ryan - the highest turret at King John's Castle.

Master of all he surveyed, Mr Noonan probably enjoyed the granny spectacle a lot more than the minor hurling final, where favourites Limerick lost out to Kilkenny. Back to the Budget so.

mulcahy@ independent.ie

Irish Independent