Madam –Watching Glaoch – The President's Call on RTE One last week, it is easy to see why, in the year of Our Lord 2013, we are still the subject of much hilarity worldwide. North Korean TV need look no further than the Emerald Isle for inspiration.
This show was just another addition to the St Patrick's Day hype. And yes, our President has a kind of other-worldliness about him. But an hour-long programme on prime time TV celebrating Michael D's views on what it means to be Irish is a step too far, even for RTE.
Having listened to his one-to-one interviews with invited guests, we are left with little doubt that we are, as a people, the smartest, best educated, most poetic and the most honourable race in the entire world. We have the best music and our history is one long story of glorious engagement with the powers of evil – ie, England.