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PJ Gallagher. Photo: Doug O'Connor

PJ Gallagher. Photo: Doug O'Connor

PJ Gallagher. Photo: Doug O'Connor

Is it any surprise comedian PJ Gallagher suffers from bad bouts of stage fright?

The performer recently recalled his most memorable heckle and it ain't pretty. "I was in the middle of a corporate gig when a Russian guy started shouting at me," PJ said.

"So I told him to relax or I'd kick him in the Bolsheviks. Next thing he had me in a head lock and I was being thrown over a table." How's that for a punch line?

* Speaking of strong right hooks, you have to admire the chutzpah of one tabloid journalist, who in the middle of a press call with Olympian Katie Taylor (inset) asked the boxing champ: "So, have you got a fella yet?"

Katie gave him the once over before replying: "It's none of your business if I do or not." I guess you can't blame a guy for trying.

* D-Day veteran Michael d'Alton (93) accepted the hugely prestigious Legion d'Honneur aboard the good ship 'Somme' in Dublin this week.

D'Alton's speech was short and sweet, ringing in around the 60-second mark.

Something which thoroughly impressed Deputy Lord Mayor Paddy McCartan. "It was a superb speech," the Fine Gael councillor said.

"If only some of our politicians could take a leaf out of his book and speak a little bit less."

Dublin's esteemed Lord Mayor, Christy Burke, might gain from pondering his deputy's words.

* The importance of reliving moments of history through the medium of drama was, unsurprisingly, a talking point at the Abbey's Theatre of War Symposium.

According to Professor Luke Gibbons, we've been re-enacting history for donkey's years.

To emphasise his point, Gibbons referred to the dog-eared pages of Mary C Heuston's 1920 booklet 'A Playbook of Irish History', which suggested ways in which school children could act out famous sword fights and skirmishes. The pamphlet includes tips on how to give scenes that added feel of authenticity.

"The Danes arrived in Ireland covered in chain mail," Heuston writes, along with handy aside; "cardboard covered in tea paper".

Boats were to be fashioned out of "upside down stools" and a blackboard with the words "round tower" scrawled on it would become an impenetrable safe house.

No wonder we're world famous for our ability to improvise.

* Shoe-gazing rock star Hozier's single 'Take Me To Church' may be up for a Grammy, but the Greystones man has some regrets about penning the track. "I didn't expect to be playing it three, four or five times a day every day for a year," he said. Them's the breaks, I'm afraid.

Irish Independent