Twinkling Through the Years: a welcome reminder there was a time when you needed brains, personality or talent to be let on TV
The incompar- able Twink is back where she belongs. On TV and in press and radio...
The incompar- able Twink is back where she belongs. On TV and in press and radio...
RTE whining about its funding is nothing new, with the broadcaster frequently claiming it can’t survive due to the lowly €160 it charges for its licence fee.
There’s nothing that Irish universities like more than publicity.
Lillies was like the '60s.
Consider the following exchange on ITV’s Love Island last week, between models and social media ‘stars’ Georgia Steel and Hayley Hughes.
Twice this year, I've been knocked off my bicycle. On each occasion it happened on Dublin's quays and was caused by someone who was not a cyclist.
Shane Ross thinks Ireland should bid to host the Olympic Games. Let me just repeat that. The Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, a senior government member and something of an expert in economics, has openly suggested that Ireland is not only capable of hosting the Olympics, but should actively pursue it.
There’s a line in The Godfather Part II that finds the senator for Nevada hustling Michael Corleone for money in return for a gaming licence for a new casino.
WEB SUMMIT founder Paddy Cosgrave has indicated his intention to hold a conference in Dublin next year which will deal, in part, with the subject of corruption.
High-profile couple Jackie Lavin and Bill Cullen are, for what seems like the thousandth time, talking to the media about their financial woes.
Two stories over the weekend reminded us all of the unenviable life of those involved in government.
It's entirely appropriate, given the season, that I should write about Father Christmas, or the newspaper columnists' equivalent, the...
If Dee Forbes didn’t know the scale of the task ahead of her, she will certainly have been made aware of it this week, after she announced her...
For the second week in a row, The Late Late Show featured a ridiculous old bag on the interview couch. This time, however, said vessel...
The deputy Director General of RTE, Kevin Bakhurst, left the station on Friday after four years and decided to mark the occasion with an in-...
RTE boss Dee Forbes was asked to explain the perilous finances of the broadcaster when she appeared before the Government’s Public Accounts Committee.
The 2018 presidential campaign is hotting up. While many believe that Michael D Higgins will seek a second term, TV presenter-turned artist Kevin Sharkey has thrown his hat into the ring – a move that’s not without irony.
Pippa O’Connor has become something of a master at brand extension.
Regular readers of this column will know I'm no great fan of RTE management. So you'd have thought that I'd be a fan of the recent "secret RTE producer" Twitter account, purporting to belong to a disgruntled member of its staff, which has been in the news all week for its relentless attack on his or her employers. But you'd be wrong.
There has been much gnashing and wailing in the past week about the gender pay gap in RTE salaries, prompted by revelations about the disparity in pay between male and female presenters in the BBC.
There was a wedding in Ashford Castle at the weekend.
It was her first big speech since taking over as director general of RTE. And embracing the culture of her new employers, it didn't take Dee Forbes long to put her foot in it...
With RTE apparently set to declare last year losses of €20m, management has decided to take the bull by the horns and confront the crisis head-on.
It's unusual for an organisation to publicly deny it was involved in one of the highest-profile events of the year. However, this was the course of action adopted by the Riverdance people who, on their official Twitter feed last Thursday, stressed that they were not performing at Donald Trump's inauguration party. For good measure, they said it again on Saturday.
Two years ago, a documentary followed Tommy Tiernan as he toured Europe with an improvised comedy show. He had no material prepared for the show, and simply talked about the first thing that came into his mind.
Social media had something new last week against which to channel its collective outrage, namely the shameful lack of respect shown to Colette Fitzpatrick in the naming of the new TV3 show she co-presents with Pat Kenny.
About 12 years ago, I interviewed a designer from Limerick for a job in Kiss, my teenage girls’ magazine.
At a recent awards ceremony in Dublin, host Amanda Byram began her speech with the traditional name-check of celebrity guests in the audience.
Are the red carpets outside the country's most glamorous events a little redder than usual? That might be because of all the blood spilled at the nation's best-known entertainment show in the past week.
The health service swallows up billions of euro each year, yet continues to suffer from bed shortages and interminable waiting lists. Wondering why? Well, consider the following.
With the line-up apparently already confirmed for TV3’s forthcoming Celebrity Masterchef, it looks like Samantha Mumba and Nadia Forde are coming back to Ireland to take part in the show.
I, like most right-thinking people in the Western world, have been captivated this week by the story of the Crimmins triplets from Dundalk. By all accounts they are on the cusp of stardom.
Bob Geldof’s trademark grumpy demeanour reveals a dissatisfaction with what he considers to be the many frustrations of life, Mondays being perhaps the best known.
For the second year in a row, RTE has recorded a loss. So at a time when most companies are recovering after the crash - and starting to run more efficiently having learned from their mistakes - the national broadcaster lost €2.8m in 2015.
SIX months ago, David Chambers, aka Blindboy Boatclub of The Rubberbandits, was the Messiah.
It costs the taxpayer over €16,500 to feed President Michael D Higgins, his wife, and the guests that he welcomes to his Phoenix Park Residence, Aras an Uachtarain.
Three years after voting to keep the Seanad, we are still waiting for the overhaul its defenders said was needed to turn it into a "vibrant and committed" chamber.
"Dublin Wives was all fake t*ts and big dresses. It was all complete and total b******s," she articulated. "I lost everything from doing that show...I'm still getting invitations but I can't bear to go out...The spotlight it brought me, I didn't deal with it well, and the celeb world it showed is useless".
Two years ago, Donald Trump's visit to his newly-acquired Doonbeg resort in Co Clare saw one of the most embarrassing episodes of Enda Kenny's leadership of the country. The minister for finance, a mini-Riverdance ensemble and a giant red carpet were rolled out to greet the arrival of The Donald.
It’s been a bad week for the “shamers” and “haters”, to coin expressions popular on social media to describe people who criticise others, no matter how reasonable such criticisms may be.
Of all the heart-wrenching stories to have emerged about Dublin's criminal fraternity, the recent words of Cllr Nial Ring surely take the biscuit.
It’s about a year since we heard from the lovely Blaise O’Donnell, daughter of solicitor Brian, whose fight to hang on to his palatial Dalkey home, Gorse Hill, entertained the nation for much of the previous two years.
There’s an apocryphal story about George Best being asked how he ended up broke despite earning a fortune.
Fond as I am of the lovely Vogue Williams, I'm slightly confused about the mixed messages that she's sending out regarding social media etiquette.
Vogue Williams has come out in support of Kim Kardashian, who had been criticised for posting a naked selfie.
I Swapped Cocaine for God." Even among the litany of nauseating, self-pitying comments that have spewed forth within a few hours of Michaella McCollum's release from a Peruvian prison, that headline - which adorned the front page of one Sunday newspaper - really stood out.
Some things only come once a year, but we appreciate them all the more for their scarceness. Christmas, the Eurovision, the Rose of Tralee - and, of course, the annual announcement of RTE's highest-paid presenters.
THE TV show Making a Murderer purportedly unearths not one, but two miscarriages of justice that have befallen Steven Avery, who served 18 years in prison for a crime he didn't commit, and is now serving life for a second, doubtful conviction.
The steely facade of ice queen Sharon Ni Bheolain slipped momentarily last week when, in a remarkable slip of the tongue, she referred to her Six One News co-presenter as "Dobbo".
A couple of weeks ago, a member of staff in VIP Towers handed in her notice, and I was genuinely sorry to see her move on.
As widely predicted, the Web Summit will soon hold its final nerd-fest in Dublin (for the foreseeable future) and, after a five-year tenure in the capital, will move to Lisbon next year.
What type of dinosaur is George Hook?
Today is D-Day for Pat Kenny and UTV Ireland - because nine months after he was first announced as the star of the new station we are finally going to see Pat Kenny in the Round.
After 14 years of studiously avoiding being photographed at the Peter Mark VIP Style Awards, it's not exactly how I imagined my first appearance.
After reports that Colin Farrell turned down a multi-million dollar role to spend time with his family, Michael O'Doherty offers his two cents on the matter.
A cynic might suggest that the relationship between Made in Chelsea star Alex Mytton and Irish model Nicola Hughes isn't the real thing.
This week, publishing boss Michael O'Doherty takes a pop at comedian Des Bishop.
If nothing else, you have to admire the resilience of the people behind the IFTAs.
Ireland's most stylish women will take to the red carpet next month when they appear at the Peter Mark VIP Style Awards on April 24th.
Last weekend The Late Late Show welcomed as its guests: restaurateur Nick Munier, TV's Vogue Williams and Maia Dunphy, and rock band Kodaline.
2014 wasn't a good year for the IFTAs. Last April, the two-hour live broadcast by RTE revealed the ceremony to be nothing short of a shambles.
Two and a half years ago, Liam Neeson attracted some criticism for his slightly discombobulated performance on the Late Late Show. At the time, I pointed out that Neeson was a bone fide Irish legend, the star of such gems as Michael Collins and Schindler's List, and someone I could listen to till the cow's came home.
Unlike most of the half a billion people who received U2's new album for free in their iTunes account last week, I actually know who Paul Brady is.
BACK in March, Jackie Lavin and Bill Cullen gave one of several interviews they've conducted in the last year, bemoaning the fact that they lost their car business, and their beloved Muckross Park Hotel.
Another week, another Ronan Keating and Storm Uechtritz interview.
THERE are two separate issues concerning Sharon Ni Bheolain's appearance on the front page of some Irish tabloids this week.
MATT Cooper isn't only a talented broadcaster. He's a smart man who would have been fully aware of the conflicting reactions that news of his trip to North Korea would bring.
I HAVE often reflected on one of life's great mysteries — namely the fact that Sean Dunne's wife Gayle seemed to be so independently wealthy.