This Man's Life: 'The (Second) Breakfast Club with Nigella, fighting existential gloom'
I had lunch with a friend in The Merrion Hotel the other day. I hadn't lunched there in quite a while. But it brought back memories. The last time,...
I had lunch with a friend in The Merrion Hotel the other day. I hadn't lunched there in quite a while. But it brought back memories. The last time,...
When legendary Nordie Eddie Irvine was driving like a bachelor bat out of hell for Ferrari in the 1990s, Formula 1 was far more exciting than it is now. All these years on Fast Eddie hasn't lost his fast...
It probably wasn't the best Christmas present he ever got. But Neil Young probably laughed up his flannel shirtsleeve when he received it.
James Brown said Rod Stewart was the world's greatest white soul singer. And to quote one of James's great songs, the one-time sex machine...
The King of the Kop - thus named because he scored a club record of 346 goals in 660 appearances for Liverpool - made it official with his Queen two weeks ago.
I was born with a dent in my chest. "Pigeon chest" was, I think, the phrase I grew up hearing. There were other names, some of which made me feel like a freak growing up. Philip Roth wrote in Everyman that: "Old age isn't a battle; old age is a massacre."
I can solve the mystery of why Daithi O Se left the Cork studios of the Today show last Thursday in such a hurry...
At Glastonbury in 2017, Bradley Cooper introduced the outlaw himself Kris Kristofferson. Cooper was, of course, being filmed playing a guitar in front of the giant Glasto festival crowd for his then forthcoming movie with Lady Gaga, A Star Is Born, an earlier version of which Kris Kristofferson had co-starred with Barbra Streisand in 1976.
Time magazine named Miller’s Crossing one of the 100 greatest movies of all time. In the Coen brothers’ 1990 gangster classic set during Prohibition Gabriel Byrne played loner anti-hero Tom Reagan, the right-hand of aging Irish mobster Leo O’Bannon played by Albert Finney. Their performance together cast a spell.
It seems like another lifetime now. February, 2008 - Rome. Young Dubliner Alli MacDonnell - flanked by fellow models Vogue Williams and Tara Leniston - is holding a very surreal court in the Italian capital late one evening, explaining to the locals the meaning of certain Dublin words, while drinking a glass of red wine.
Peter Casey's former PR, the beautiful Sharon Bannerton, won't be moving in with - or even next door to - her new boyfriend for the time being. This is because, as she told your trusty diarist,...
When his daughter Anais was born on January 27, 2000, at the Portland Hospital in London, Noel Gallagher held her in his arms for the first time and was overcome with emotion.
An Taoiseach was Strictly non Ballroom last week because of a certain snowy town in the Swiss Alps. When your diarist texted him last Friday morning to ask what was he up to, Leo replied succinctly:...
Looking skyward, Donnie Darko rides his bike home down the hill and falls asleep. At midnight, he is stirred from his slumber by Frank-Bunny, an imaginary creature in a rabbit costume, who...
Liam Cunningham opens up about the end of Game Of Thrones, the tax man, God, Steven...
"Homelessness is a crisis in Ireland - and we should be doing all we can to help," says the internationally acclaimed Camille O'Sullivan who will headline the Sunday Independent's annual Rock Against Homelessness concert in aid of Focus Ireland at the Olympia Theatre in Dublin on April 23.
Golda Meir once said: ''Old age is like a plane flying through a storm. Once you're aboard, there's nothing you can do.'' I fully agree with these wise words from the fourth prime minister of Israel. But first you have to get on to the actual plane. And I had my moments last weekend...
Your diarist bumped into Deirdre O'Kane on Grafton Street last week. Was she tangoing? No, merely walking, sadly. The actress, comedian, and one-time star of Dancing With The Stars - hence the bad tango joke - was coming out of Martin McDonagh's The Cripple of Inishmaan at the Gaiety Theatre, with her kids Holly and Daniel. She told me she was gearing up for Paddy's Night in Support of Comic Relief at the 3 Arena on March 17 which Deirdre has organised now for the third year.
A black female artist directly addressing a racist and anti-women society, Nicki Minaj is the agent provocateur of hip hop. Uncompromising to the last, she has fought her way to the top, becoming the most popular female rapper, bar none.
Given that the band Walter Becker co-founded in 1971 with Donald Fagen went in for "richly ambiguous harmonies rooted in Debussy, Duke Ellington, Charlie Parker and Sonny Rollins" (as the New York Times noted), perhaps Walter Becker's taste was no surprise at the end.
Irish actress Victoria Smurfit has paid tribute to Albert Finney, who died of a chest infection last week at 82.
Ska for the madding crowd. Encore, The Specials' third album - their first new material in two decades - bristles with rage relevant for the times: everything from Brexit to misogyny to racism. The album kicks off with a disco-ish cover of The Equals' 1973 classic Black Skinned Blue Eyed Boys.
The Prince of Wales is travelling to his pal John McColgan's soiree in London in two weeks. Sorry, I tripped and fell face-first onto my computer keys. That should read: superstar Gabriel Byrne, who is filming a movie in Wales, is travelling up to London with wife Hannah Beth for his friend's big night at the Palladium.
A great sadness arrived at our house last Wednesday morning. Our family woke up and discovered on looking out the window that the expected snow hadn't - sadly - arrived.
In 1945, Aviation Radioman Third Class Paul Newman, assigned to Pacific-based replacement torpedo squadrons in World War II, was sent to the USS Bunker Hill before the Battle of Okinawa. In a stroke of fate, the Ohio boy's life was saved when his pilot got an ear infection and was unable to fly bomber missions. When the replacements were killed in action in the Battle of Okinawa, Paul Newman was forever left with the belief that life is mostly about luck.
Leo Varadkar told the Sunday Independent that his 40th birthday party last night was more about his mother Miriam and boyfriend Matt's upcoming birthdays than his own.
Last weekend I was driving in Kildare when I noticed a sign that said Ballitore. My brain immediately flashbacked 16 years and 3,000 miles to New York. Third Avenue, near 81st Street, to be precise.
Aidan Gillen will be pleased. Camille O'Sullivan jets in first class from Australia this morning. She would be entitled to enjoy a few glasses of Champagne on the long flight home. This is because her shows Down Under were nothing short of a triumph, both commercially and creatively. The half-French, half-Irish uber-chanteuse stormed the Sydney festival last week with sold-out shows and standing ovations to match.
In February, 1998, the cartoon image of goth godhead Robert Smith appeared in US show South Park. He is transformed from a gargantuan moth into a Japanese monster to help Leonard Maltin and Sidney Poitier defeat Barbra Streisand.
Long before Keeping Up with the Kardashians, there was The Osbournes. Ostensibly, they were an endearingly dysfunctional family from Birmingham who lived in a mansion in Beverly Hills and had lots more money than sense - if they had any sense to begin with. The father was a mumbling deranged rock star who couldn't control himself, let alone his children Kelly and Jack (eldest daughter,...
It’s official. Twink is the sweetest thing. And not only because of the famous cakes she bakes.
Actor Liam Cunningham could read the phone directory and make it appear like he was unlocking some secret code from The Old Testament. His voice — which makes him sound like an existential Charlton Heston in Ben Hur channelling a Northside Leonard Cohen — has a power all of its own...
Winter is coming for Game Of Thrones’ fans with the epic fantasy’s final series airing in April.
Be my baby. Veronica Yvette Bennett; born on August 10, 1943 in Spanish Harlem, New York, to an Irish father and half African-American, half Cherokee mother. Ronnie grew up watching the black and Puerto Rican girls with their cigarettes and their high hair. "We had a Jewish deli and a Chinese laundry. My father was white, and my mother was black and Indian. I thought it was great that everybody was dark - or not so dark."
Most of us probably don't want to go outside the front door in the evening, until at least February. But then most of us aren't part of fashionable high society. The latter will be out in force this Thursday in Lillie's which will be closing its doors after 25 years thereafter.
Being near the ocean is one of the best places to reconnect with something deeper than ourselves. Sitting on the beach at Rosslare Strand and watching — or listening to — the waves crashing on the shoreline is especially calming.
An emaciated manic depressive genius with an eating disorder who yo-yoed in and out of hospitals, Richey Edwards was born on December 22, 1967 in south Wales.
My son Daniel turns one this Friday. A few days earlier, it's his grandad's birthday. Eighty-two years of age, he died on June 14, 2009. On that day, at 7.04pm, he was finally released from all the pain of a cruel cancer after five awful months, bravely borne, in the hospice in Harold's Cross.
Oliver Callan gets so much of a kick out of boyfriend John Lannin that they got engaged over Christmas. The satirical impressionist explained that “our engagement was more an agreement than a proposal.
La Dolce Vita? Is there any other life? In May, Yvonne Connolly and her film cameraman beau John Conroy were in Rome and Milan.
Someone wise once said that 'beauty of expression is so akin to the voice of the sea'. Growing up in Bray with the waves of the sea perhaps a subconscious soundtrack to their youth, childhood friends Caoimhe Barry, Karen Cowley and Saoirse Duane aka Wyvern Lingo, know all about the beauty of expression on their debut, and self-titled, album. Wyvern Lingo has echoes of early Prince, A Tribe Called Quest, Bjork and Massive Attack while sounding nothing remotely like any of those acts; Wyvern Lingo have something of their own going on. They gave one of the performances of the...
You will struggle to find an album as compelling as Joy As An Act Of Resistance by Bristol's Idles featuring as its cover a picture of a brawl at a wedding in 1968. You would also struggle to find an album so brimming with honesty and truth, vulnerability and profound personal pain.
There can't be many more beautiful places in the world than Connemara at Christmas. When you've lost a child, however, a time of permanent joy like Christmas must feel nothing less than a hell on earth to have to endure.
Santa might come but once a year - but in our house we seem to have been preparing for his arrival from the North Pole since August.
'I met your missus at Kylie." It would be difficult to imagine any Taoiseach other than Leo Varadkar addressing you with such words - delivered from behind his desk in his office in Merrion Sreet. His detractors will use this as a stick to beat him. This is of little consequence to him. He can talk to you as fluently about Lady Gaga, U2 or The Pixies as he can Brexit, Northern Ireland or foreign...
What a difference six months makes. I was at the opening night of U2's eXPERIENCE + iNNOCENCE, tour at the BOK Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma, in May. In parts it was a hostile crowd, hopped up on their messiah with his shock of hair - Trump not Bono.
Celebrities on Leeson Street? Where would you get it? Actually they weren't just celebrities as Celebrity Big Brother 2018 contestants Gabby Allen (a former Love Island contestant) and Nick Leeson (one-time derivatives broker infamous for his sojourn at Barings Bank) pitched up at House on Leeson Street with friends at 11pm last Saturday night.
When we sing a song we give our soul a cuddle, Damien Dempsey once said. The Donaghmede Druid has been giving his soul a serious cuddle for a good while now since his 2000 debut They Don't Teach This Shit in School album (the track Dublin Town remains a raw classic.)
We went to see Santa in his grotto in Arnotts last weekend. Emilia, who is four in February, having already burst into tears, jumped into my arms and clung to me like she was entering a lion's den as we were ushered in to meet the man himself.
Should the International Monetary Fund be alerted now, and look to get the recovery started early, as Mauritius appears likely to plunge into a recession?
By her bright-red Porsche 944, shall we know her.
Nurse, the screens! I am insane, apparently. (This is not because my favourite Christmas movie is Stanley Kubrick's Eyes Wide Shut rather than Miracle on 34th Street or even Meet Me in St Louis.) This is because I'm the living embodiment of the definition of insanity.
Johnny Vegas and Maia Dunphy. I knew it would never last - their break-up, that is. I can officially confirm the couple who separated earlier this year are now well and truly back together. Don't ask me how I know. I just do, OK?
Looking like a Mississippi riverboat gambler as he approached the stage to receive the MusiCares Person of the Year 2015 award, Robert Allen Zimmerman delivered a wonderful acceptance speech that ended thus after 30 glorious, madcap minutes: "I'm going to put an egg in my shoe and beat it."
Victoria's secret? Victoria Smurfit might be one of Ireland's coolest actresses, but even she couldn't keep this secret for very long from your diarist. (Who'd want to, I hear you all ask?)
Former altar boy John Francis Bongiovi - he changed it to Jon Bon Jovi when he formed a certain rock band in 1983 - was born on March 2, 1962. He was raised in Perth Amboy, a working-class New Jersey town, 30 miles south of New York - "close enough", as Jon once said, "to the centre of the universe, but far enough away where nobody was really watching".
Jason Byrne said in 2012 he was at his happiest when he worked in an electrical warehouse in Dublin.
Twink has spoken about her "immense hurt" and of the sense of being "heartbroken" after she clashed in public with former Mrs Brown's Boys star Rory Cowan at his mother's funeral last week.
The rain came down like a scene from the Old Testament on the Friday evening. My wife and I sat grim-faced in traffic on the N4, with two crying kids in the back of the car. But 35 minutes later, screaming kids gave away to laughing kids as we all enjoyed the luxury pool at the Johnstown Estate, a delightfully posh 1750s Georgian residence spread across endless acres (and with a fairy trail).
The Fox trot, anyone? The Fantastic Mr Fox could be returning. Robbie Fox - for it is he - told me that he would not rule out a return to his natural habitat - nightclubs - next year perhaps. Robbie, of course, ran the Pink Elephant nightclub from 1980 to 1987 and then Renards in the same venue in South Fredrick Street in Dublin from 1990 to 2009. Both clubs were, of course, a second home to the likes of Bono et al. Bellucci's, Robbie's hugely popular restaurant on Merrion Road, has been a second kitchen to the likes of Bono et al since it opened in 2011.
Money for nothing? In mid-1977, Mark Knopfler, working as a penniless English teacher, put together a rock group in his poky council flat in Deptford, London. His flatmate John Illsley, who worked in a timber yard, played bass, his younger brother David, a social worker, played guitar and Pick Withers played drums.
Gay Byrne has revealed RTE want him back on air to present his Sunday show on Lyric FM but his family has imposed a well-meaning veto.
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has told the Sunday Independent that he was "very sorry that John Reynolds has left us".
To Children With Love charity goddess Debbie Deegan - who has done so much for children in Russia for 20 years - had her unique child-with-love moment at Ballynahinch Castle, Galway, on Thursday. Her beautiful daughter Sophie got hitched in front of 130 guests.
Bertrand Russell said, 'war does not determine who is right - only who is left'. Welsh scientist Sir Chris Evans OBE read over thousands of letters written by World War I soldiers in the trenches. The sad and often heartbreaking contents - young soldiers' letters to their mothers and the replies they received until the day the soldiers were killed in the muddy bloodbath of Flanders - inspired Evans to pen four original songs using the soldiers' words and phrases to tell their stories. (Four years ago Evans set up the Evamore project after he read letters from cancer patients.) To commemorate...
'There's something of the old magic that's still around'
'We should consider every day lost on which we have not danced at least once," said Friedrich Nietzsche.
Fifty years ago, a 21-year-old David Bowie was watching 2001: A Space Odyssey for the third time. Stanley Kubrick's masterpiece appeared to speak directly to the star who fell to earth. "It was the sense of isolation I related to," Bowie would later admit. "I found the whole thing amazing. I was out of my gourd, very stoned, when I went to see it. It was really a revelation to me. It got the...
His lifelong friend Bono possibly never got the memo (does he ever?). Guggi launched his new sculpture last Wednesday night in London by saying that he always felt he should be "like a small Victorian child - seen but not heard".
For a city so associated with alcohol, it was hard to get a drink in Dublin last Wednesday, albeit Wednesday afternoon at 4 o'clock, and albeit in Monkstown village.
In March, 2013, Little Green Cars performed their surreally perfect single Harper Lee on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. A huge prime-time American television audience listened as the Dublin band sang thus:
Things were on the up and up for Joe Strummer in late 2002. He had started work on a new album. On November 15, he and his band The Mescaleros played a benefit show for the Fire Brigades Union's striking firefighters at Acton Town Hall in West London.
It was, for a brief moment in time, the sound of the inner city. A soundtrack to our post-punk youth in Dublin. It came courtesy of tracks like 1980's Ghost Of A Chance ('Long weekend/ When boredom takes a grip/ I'm in Dublin/ She's on a working trip/ Cause she sent me postcards') and 1982's Downmarket ('In an unfamiliar bed/ In an unfamiliar room/ There's a throbbing in my head/ I've succeeded I presume') from three young fellas from Ringsend.
They used to say that by a certain age a man or a woman has the face they deserve. In 2018, it is possibly more a case that we have the face we can afford.
On January 8 at 11.29am, Dolores O'Riordan sent me an email: "I'm just taking one day at a time now. Keep me in your prayers please."
How Ya Gonna Keep 'em Down on the Farm (After They've Seen Paree?) became a popular hit after World War I ended.
Harry and Megan were at it two weeks ago so our own royalty, Leo Varadkar and boyfriend Matt Barrett, simply had to see a certain musical in the West End last weekend.
"All-Ireland Final Day is a hugely special day - it's key in Irish life," says Grainne Seoige, ahead of Dublin versus Tyrone, today's big game for the Sam Maguire Cup, which she and Des Cahill previewed last night on RTE's Up For The Match.
It wasn't the Bay of Pigs so much as the Bay of Peppa Pigs. My wife and I and our two young children - a seven-month-old boy and his three-and-a-half-year-old sister - went to a holiday home in St Helen's Bay in Wexford last week for a few days.
If you happen to see a sheep wandering lonely next weekend in a distant, yonder field at the Electric Picnic, please spare a thought for the fact that one of the best acts at the festival in Stradbally once described himself as sounding like just such a woolly ruminant mammal...
Coincidence is God's way of remaining anonymous. Still, I had an intriguing experience last week. I went with my nieces and nephews to see Riverdance at the Gaiety Theatre. We sat in a box (of which more later) and enjoyed the show. That night when I got home, I continued reading the book I had started a few days before: Michael Collins by Tim Pat Coogan, a dog-eared and frankly...
September, 2013. Having carried the coffin at the funeral of his father Maidhc Dainin O Se, at Carraig Church in west Kerry the week before, Daithi is pacing around his front room in Salthill, Galway, like a caged lion.
'Blessed are the bullies, for one day they will have to stand up to themselves/Blessed are the liars, for the truth can be awkward." Thus began Kendrick Lamar's Bono-beautiful benediction on American Soul from U2's album Songs of Experience.
I suppose a ride is out of the question? It would appear not for Johnny Ronan, who flew to Provence last week with such a deed on his mind.
'Do you know where the wicked go after death?' wrote Charlotte Bronte in Jane Eyre. 'They go to hell,' was my ready and orthodox answer. 'And what is hell? Can you tell me that?' 'A pit full of fire.' 'And should you like to fall into that pit, and to be burning there for ever?'
You could call it a come-back album if you like. Whatever it was, Crack-Up, by Fleet Foxes was one of the most sublime albums of last year. This was not unrelated to the fact that frontman Robin Pecknold described himself on this, their third studio album, as "trying to become a different age or a different person making this record, like I was trying to be the person I always wanted to be.
You cannot step in the same river twice. But you can eat some of Rachel Allen's dishes as many times as you like. The TV chef and Sunday Independent LIFE magazine columnist is taking to the River Shannon for five days at the end of August.
Some say that hope is a necessity for normal life and the major weapon against the suicide impulse. It is impossible to know now - or ever - but maybe Lucy Birley lost all hope when she ended her life at Mount Vernon, New Quay, Co Clare, last week at the age of 58.
Last Monday night, TV star Lisa Cannon hosted a gala evening at the British Film Institute in aid of her new foundation 'Free the Wild', "an international charity to overcome the mistreatment of wild animals in captivity".
'I look like a bug from outer space," she says. Grandiose goddess Grace Jones scares the living daylights out of most people. In a good way. She gives me fever. Diva fever.
An evening at the National Maternity Hospital on Holles Street 50-something years ago. It was, it transpired, a more eventful evening than usual in the illustrious baby producing machine.
'Like its politicians and its war', JB Priestley once said, 'society has the teenagers it deserves'.
Football's not coming home. But An Taoiseach's other half Dr Matt Barrett is. "He's home [from his job in America] next week," Leo told me. (Who else is he going to tell? Some stone-faced drip of a pol corr?) Your diarist then asked the youngest An T ever, will he and Matt be moving in together? Will Matt be accompanying An T to events? "I will pass on that. Private stuff. You can say that I am just glad to have him back. In some ways the year apart was OK as it allowed me to focus on the new job but I am looking forward now to having someone to confide in again." (I thought that...
Roisin Murphy's childhood, like the outfits she wears on stage at her sold-out concerts around the world, was often surreal, rarely dull. One of the greatest artists ever to emerge out of these islands, she can recall her father Michael waking her up to "come downstairs and see what's in the car". Roisin went down to find that her dad had "brought a pony home in the back of the car, on its side. My mother was standing in the street crying, 'What are we going to do with this f**king pony?' He must have bought it in the pub. The madness she had to put up with. But looking...
I talk to dead people. Looking for guidance. Looking for answers. Sometimes on my lunch break at work, I take the Daniel Day - the Luas - up to Harcourt Street and walk to Mount Jerome cemetery in Harold's Cross for a quick chat with my parents.
Bob Geldof has been banging on - as only Bob Geldof can - about some great new Boomtown Rats songs for a year. At 2am on April 8 last year when I walked Bob back to his hotel after the Rats had headlined Rock Against Homelessness in aid of Focus at the Olympia Theatre, he said he was working on new songs for both a new solo album and a new Rats' album.
In the mid 1970s, fire-breathing Catholic campaigner Mina Bean Ui Chroibin told David Norris that he "won't be satisfied with decriminalisation - the next thing you will be after is homosexual marriage".
Like a particularly good wine fit for the king of the lounge lizards, 72-year-old Bryan Ferry has improved with age.
It's not every day I go to see a horror movie at the cinema. But the great Gabriel Byrne was in Hereditary. So I had to see it.
The late great PJ Mara once described Saturday lunch at the Unicorn in the mid-1980s as a hugely enjoyable "exchange and mart for scurrility and calumny". Charlie Haughey's sultan of spin was neatly sidestepping the fact perhaps that he was one of the main lubricants for both.
It's swelteringly official. Summer and the loving is easy. Not least if you are Yvonne Connolly and you are sunning yourself with other half, award-winning film cameraman John Conroy in one of the Cyclades islands in the Aegean Sea.
They say that every artist dips his brush in his own soul, and paints his own nature into his pictures, sometimes painfully.
Sharon Shannon plays beautiful music that is loved universally. She has played with the likes of Bono, Willie Nelson, Jackson Browne; and for presidents galore - Clinton at the White House and Obama in Dublin, the two Marys (Robinson and McAleese) in Poland and Australia, and Michael D Higgins in China. But for the past eight years, no music, however beautiful, could hope to block out the...
I don't know whether Danny O'Reilly listens to Dave Bowie much (I imagine he does but not especially) but listening to The Coronas' new EP Reprise and their most recent album Trust The Wire put me in mind of something Mr Bowie said once about songs. That they don't have to be about going out on Saturday night "and having a good drink-up and driving home and crashing cars. A lot of...
Sometimes, most of us perhaps question the survival - even the possibility - of love in this violent, apocalyptic world we live in. As thousands upon thousands of little girls - and bigger ones - sang and danced and smiled along to the sublime girl-power pop songs of Taylor Swift at Croke Park, it was difficult not to feel some hope for the future of the planet.
Alan Bennett is not often wrong. But the great curmudgeon was wrong on so many levels when he said: "I've never seen the point of the sea, except where it meets the land. The shore has a point. The sea has none."
A thought for the day as you apply the sun cream in the back garden while opening a bottle of Chablis perhaps.
When Elvis Presley made his first recording for Sun in Memphis as an 18-year-old, and was asked to characterise his vocal modus operandi - an incendiary mixture for the times of 'Negro' and hillbilly styles - he replied, truthfully: "I don't sound like nobody."
There is a pleasing absence of contemporary celebrity psychological maladjustment - of neurosis masquerading as winking self-promotion anyway - with Pat Shortt. That said, Pat Shortt is also a bit of an oddity, a bit of a freak (in a good way), in the modern world of entertainment. "For someone who is living in the public eye," he says, "I'm actually very private."
What a week. And not just for the weather. Hozier helped his brother John celebrate his birthday in House last weekend. The great singer looked cool in a grey T-shirt and black jeans. Robbie Henshaw and girlfriend Sophie Marren were in Host Restaurant in Ranelagh on Tuesday night. Millie Mackintosh was in the Marker that day. Keith Duffy was at the launch of Blow in Henry Street's Dunnes on Wednesday night. Pippa O'Connor and Brian Ormond were in the Intercontinental after the IFTAs (they stayed the night, as did Amanda Bryam and husband Julian Okines).
Kodaline are one of the most feted Irish bands on terra firma. Their new single Follow Your Fire is one of the records of the year, not just the summer. Issued in 2013, their debut album In A Perfect World announced the five Dubliners to the world, as did their equally sublime sonic follow-up in 2015, Coming Up For Air. Their brilliance was unmistakable.
“She said she was approaching 40, and I couldn’t help wondering from what direction”’ Bob Hope once joked. Eoghan McDermott saw the funny side of it recently when I wrote that he had, not only approached, but celebrated his 40th birthday.
We went to the zoo last Saturday afternoon. I thought I was getting away from the royal wedding. My wife had other ideas. She was, it transpired, following it on a live feed on her phone.
Kathryn Thomas's health and fitness bootcamp starts next weekend in Co Meath.
All roads - and perhaps even some flight plans for private jets - led to the Kingdom last Friday for the Irish wedding of the summer so far. Well, the guests did include RTE chairwoman Moya Doherty, her other half, Riverdance guru John McColgan, Today FM's Ian Dempsey, TV3 and Today FM's Matt Cooper as well as RTE's Sean O'Rourke, plus Made In Chelsea's Nicola Hughes.