Star struck patients witness a celebrity walkabout and sing song at the country’s largest children’s hospital with Chris De Burgh, his daughter Rosanna Davison, Brian McFadden, Brendan O’Carroll, Rugby’s Shane Thingy, and Gavin Duffy.
An Taoiseach Enda Kenny has been giving his reaction to this morning’s news and there have been contributions too from the world of sport, entertainment and from across the political divide.
More as we get it.
UPDATE: We were the victims of an elaborate, meticulously–planned hoax. The BBC News report was doctored [using actual footage from Michael Jackson’s death] while the reaction video’ on closer examination was nothing more than unrelated interview snippets about real dead people. Apologies all. Chris is alive, very well and celebrating April Fool’s Day with his family probably in a castle. He will be touring this Summer. Listen to his latest album ‘Home’ here.
There are many homegrown stars worth hating – Ronan, Bono, Sinéad – but all must bow to the chieftain of cheese himself, Chris de Burgh. His global hit The Lady in Red set a new standard for schmaltzy ballads, while his 1975 Christmas song, A Spaceman Came Travelling , will waft out of shops every December until the end of the universe. So no escape there. His new album, Moonfleet, is a prog-MOR concept epic complete with orchestra, narration, jigs and hornpipes. De Burgh takes an active interest in how his career is doing – when the press publishes anything critical about his work, he often responds with a robustly worded missive.