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Ronan Keating in Once.

Ronan Keating in Once.

Ronan Keating in Once.

GGiven the arrival of December, and the acceptance of indulgence in sweet culinary offerings that accompanies the festive month, I am taking the rare step of eating some humble pie. I have in the past dismissed Ronan Keating's attempts to forge a career for himself outside of Boyzone. But now comes the news that the former boyband star is impressing London theatre critics with his performance in Once in the West End. The Evening Standard wrote that Keating "gives an extremely creditable account of himself," while the Independent gushed that Keating "captures the hearts of the audience seemingly effortlessly." As the man himself might say: fair play.

hOne newspaper has tried to make a fuss about John Delaney's girlfriend, Emma English, being allowed to invite Irish models into the Presidential box at the recent Ireland v USA soccer match in the Aviva, insinuating that Delaney was somehow abusing his power. "It is not clear what football fans would make of the invitations to the models," stated the paper, to which a simple answer can be offered. If it encourages a few businessmen to buy a corporate box because they think the likes of Emma Waldron are going to be knocking around then they are more than welcome. If anything, all this proves is that Emma English knows how PR works.


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