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  • Gazing into the Crystal Ball

    May 20, 2009 @ 12:01 pm | by Deaglán de Bréadún

    There’s a very interesting piece by Peter Wilby in last Monday’s Media Guardian. It’s 25 years since that paper first carried a Media page, which later became a supplement. This was a special edition to mark that anniversary.


    Christy Burke with the late Mother Theresa and followed by the late  Tony Gregory and current Minister of State at the Dept of Education, Sean Haughey (Photograph, amazingly not published, by Matt Kavanagh)


  • Time to Get Out the Soap-Box, Brian

    May 13, 2009 @ 10:49 am | by Deaglán de Bréadún

    Someone in the newsroom was doing a sample page for the election campaign. There was no content, just slabs of type. Instead of a headline he had written, “Yada yada yada yada yada.” I looked at it and said to myself: “How true those words are.”


    Come on, try my little box of goody-num-nums (Photograph: Bryan O’Brien)


  • Fine Gael and Labour – a parting of the ways?

    May 12, 2009 @ 6:55 pm | by Harry McGee

    1. Statement issued by Fine Gael’s Richard Bruton this afternoon (first few paragraphs):

    “Neither nationalisation nor NAMA – FG is only Party that will protect
    taxpayers’ interests and get lending going again – Bruton


  • Hanna Montana and Fianna Fáil

    May 11, 2009 @ 10:50 am | by Deaglán de Bréadún

    One film I definitely won’t be going to see is Hanna Montana: The Movie. But the basic storyline suggests it is something Fianna Fáil strategists might take a look at. The main character is an ordinary teenager who becomes a pop superstar by the simple expedient of donning a blonde wig.


     Will Pat the Cope (right) have cause to celebrate in three-and-a-half weeks’ time? (Photograph by Joe St Leger)


  • Celebrity politicians

    May 7, 2009 @ 1:08 pm | by Harry McGee


    The idea of a celebrity is fairly loosely defined in the modern context.

    I opened the pages of the Evening Herald yesterday to see a photograph of a wedding of a TV3 ‘personality’ of whom I had never heard. It promised a full follow-up splash feature in the next edition of VIP magazine. I for one will be rushing out to my newsagent the moment the magazine lands. (more…)

  • St George seeks to slay FF Dragon

    May 6, 2009 @ 7:50 pm | by Deaglán de Bréadún

    Print journalists are wallflowers in the dancehall of life. We subsist in the shadow of our colleagues in television who have access to people’s livingrooms night after night and may be even more real to the public than members of their own family.

    St George (Raphael)


  • Celtic Tiger R.I.P.

    February 12, 2009 @ 1:05 pm | by Deaglán de Bréadún

    I’m looking for reasons to be cheerful in this recession and not finding too many. Not only is there no light at the end of the tunnel – there ain’t no darned tunnel. (more…)

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