Dáithí Ó Sé

On Angela Scanlon’s Ask Me Anything

…Rayna Connery writes:

Proud Kerryman Dáithí Ó Sé talks man spanx; smoking withdrawal symptoms; his feral upbringing; accidentally setting his mother’s clothesline on fire and his rose-tinted memories of laying eyes on his now wife for the first time.

TV personality and self-proclaimed diva Gemma Collins chats to Angela about spending £2,000 on a steak dinner; how she hated every claustrophobic minute of Big Brother; evil ice rink spirits and how she’d love to marry Liam Neeson but simply doesn’t have a clue who Daniel O’Donnell is.

Actress Charlene McKenna spills the beans on her new boss Graham Norton; how she was Paul Mescal’s first Daisy in The Great Gatsby; how wearing period costume is not conducive to eating pasta and how her brother wanted her help with a septic tank pipe during a wedding dress fitting!

Angela Scanlon’s Ask Me Anything tomorrow on RTÉ One at 10:10pm.


This morning.

Now we can all be fully vaccinated and life will get back to normal.

Thanks, science people.

Earlier: “If They Know It Will Protect Granny And Grandad”



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This morning.


Like the current one so.


Europe and Asia, alarmed by COVID variant, tighten borders (Reuters)



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Last night.

Prime Time on RTÉ One.

TCD immunologist Cliona O’Farrelly supporting the National Public Health Emergency Team’s recommendation that primary school children from third class upwards must wear masks.

NPHET recommends that children aged nine and over wear masks on public transport, as well as in retail and other public settings where the rule currently applies for those aged 13 and over.


I was utterly dismayed to read that the National Public Health Emergency Team will discuss masks for primary-school children next week.

Government guidelines on how to wear a mask includes, inter alia, the following: always wash your hands before putting on your face covering; avoid touching it while you are wearing it; if you accidently touch the front, wash your hands straight away.

These guidelines are there for good reason. Touching a germ-riddled mask with your hands is not a good idea.

Most adults are not capable of complying with these guidelines. I really don’t understand how Nphet might expect our young children to follow these guidelines over the course of a six- or seven-hour school day.

In addition to applying the science, in this particular instance I would urge Nphet (and the Government) to apply some cop on.

Reamonn O’Luan


Irish Times Letters


I Draw Slow – Bring Out Your Dead

For alt.folk’s sake.

Dublin roots quintet I Draw Slow (top) return after four years with a new single and a fifth album in the pipeline.

Led by songwriting siblings Dave and Louise Holden, the group explain the theme of Bring Out Your Dead.

“It’s about about the challenge of meaningful communication and how we all look for ways to be heard. The defining symbol of this song is the house. Samuel Beckett used a building to personify the body in his play Endgame. If the house is a body, a person can wander from room to room and become trapped, revisiting old hurts, old pathways back to pain. Getting in from the outside takes a lot of persistence and a lot of love. Coaching someone out is even harder.”

Nick says: Slowly does it.

I Draw Slow

On The Late Late Toy Show

..Linda Pototzki writes:

After a year where children were restricted in play and socialising with their friends, they will get a very special invitation to step into the sun as the theme of this year’s Late Late Toy Show takes inspiration from the Disney classic, The Lion King. The night looks set to live the Hakuna Matata ‘no worries’ philosophy with children ruling the jungle in the studio and at home, for the most exciting TV event of the year.

The Late Late Toy Show on RTÉ One at 9.35pm.

Pics: Andres Poveda

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