Michael O'Doherty: Is it just me or are these identical triplets starting to repeat themselves?
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.
The three identical 29-year-olds declared to a newspaper this week that, following a photoshoot with an unnamed firm, we can expect to see more of them.
"We have got good news. You might see us popping up somewhere," said either Laura, Nicola or Alison.
In a separate interview at the weekend, the three blondes shared their life story, describing how they have been modelling together since their teens, and while they spend a lot of time together, they also spend time apart.
In a remarkable admission, one of the girls confessed that "I could go running on my own, and Alison could go on her own. It's not like we all run the roads together and stuff ... "
When they are together and stuff, however, the effect is startling, especially if they choose to leave the safety of their home country.
"Walking through Dublin Airport, it's crazy. We go through security and they make such a fuss seeing the three passports or going through the detector. All hell breaks loose."
On the subject of things that are similar, however, it is perhaps worth pointing out that the girls have not suddenly burst onto the social scene.
In fact, it's over 10 years since they appeared in VIP magazine, at a time when, as teenage triplets, they were talking excitedly to the press about how they think alike, yet are different in other ways and stuff, and were looking forward to exciting projects that would make them household stars.
A decade later, it's not just their looks that haven't changed. Neither, unfortunately, has their story ...