Tag: RTE

No big deal

So Ireland's Minister for Health came out on the radio this morning. The government didn't collapse. The country didn't sink into the Atlantic and the people didn't take to the streets with pitchforks. Leo Varadkar is gay, end of story. While I occasionally comment on the sexual orientation of people in the public eye, I ...

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A very noble call

I just watched this video. And you should too. Yes, there’s a very local Dublin story that sits behind this speech. But it’s also a universal story. A story about every gay man and woman who has wondered what it is - what precisely it is - about them that bigots hate. I could be flippant and make ...

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A Eurovision post-mortem

So that's that. Eurovision over for another year. And what a show. Sweden did an excellent job demonstrating that you put can on a fantastic Eurovision without breaking the bank. You just need some style, humour, lashing of irony and avoid the need to sell your country like a commodity. Take note, Azerbaijan. I really ...

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Eurovision 2013: Ireland

Wow. Now this is different, for Ireland. After a series of epic wins in the 90's, Ireland disappeared without trace. Probably after the Eurovision wiped out RTE's entertainment budget for the best part of a decade. We had to put up with several years of absolute dross. Including a turkey. I like this. It has ...

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Eurovision 2010: Ireland

Ireland chose its entrant for the 2010 Eurovision Song Contest last night. Although I left Ireland's shores some 11 years ago, I still retain a keen interest in the acts the Irish public sends off to (possible) Eurovision glory. My interest was sparked by Linda Martin's win back in 1992, which began a chain of ...

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Pointless abuse of power…

Ireland's Brian Cowen (slack-faced, growling Taoiseach - a bit like having your government run by the Churchill dog from the insurance ads) was rather offended by some pictorial renderings of his naked form. A 'guerilla artist' created some fine paintings of Cowen in the buff and hung them in Dublin galleries as a form of ...