Saturday 18 November 2017

Bertie Aherne

Timeline: Ten years of chaos 

2007 There are signs that all is not well in the property market - new developments aren't selling out, buyers are pulling out of sales and a report indicates a slowdown in prices in the second quarter of the year. But vested interests are still talking a buoyant game and not everyone is happy with those who question the strength of the market. Taoiseach Bertie Ahern puts it bluntly: "Sitting on the sidelines, cribbing and moaning is a lost opportunity… I don't know how people who engage in that don't commit suicide."

A special place: A scene from Between Land and Sea, which is about Lahinch

On the crest of an Atlantic wave 

It is almost 10pm on a July midweek night and the light is fading over Liscannor Bay. The waves are rolling to shore, but there's still lots of activity on this Blue Flag beach at Lahinch. Scores of surfers are still out, catching those waves and riding them home. A few start to pack up their things and make their way to cars and vans parked off the promenade. Others are, as yet, undeterred by the oncoming blackness as they paddle out to sea to ride one last wave.

Free spirit: Berlin is Obel's adopted city, and it's a place where she feels very little societal pressure

A great Dane with no time for hygge 

Six months ago, in the run up to Christmas, it was impossible to get away from 'hygge', that Danish concept of contentment. A whole industry seemed to have sprung up to sell us the dream of living close to nature in gorgeous and expensive Scandinavian homes, of having unlimited candles at the ready for when our beautifully dressed and photogenic friends call round, of eating exquisitely presented food that's been foraged half-way up a mountain. It was hard not to be thoroughly sickened by it all.

Bottle and ambition: RTÉ's Evanne Ni Chulainn. Photo: Gerry Mooney

Life lessons with Evanne Ní Chuilinn: My female colleagues and I have ambition and bottle and we're good at what we do 

Evanne Ní Chuilinn has worked as an RTÉ sports broadcaster for 12 years, having started off as a researcher in TG4. The Kilkenny native was among those who reported on the Olympics for the national broadcaster and is currently in Rio working on the station's coverage of the Paralympics, which concludes tomorrow. The proud Gaelgeoir lives in Dublin with her husband Brian and...

Sixth roll of the dice: Radiohead lead singer Thom Yorke has been nominated five times before this year's nod - four times with the band and once as a solo artist

Radiohead and the Mercury Prize jinx 

There was little surprise when Radiohead's latest album, A Moon Shaped Pool, was named among the dozen nominees for the Hyundai Mercury Prize last month. It would have been a travesty had it not made the shortlist and, in fairness to the judges this year, they've ensured several wonderful albums are in the mix, including David Bowie's Blackstar - released two days before his untimely death in January - and Hopelessness from Anohni, the artist former known as Antony Hegarty.