The dizzy dozen: Kimye, Garth and gulls dominate silly season

Stranded Jedward and spraypainted Molly make headlines in long, long summer

Sea gulls gave  sleepless nights to Fianna Fail senator Ned O’Sullivan this summer. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

Sea gulls gave sleepless nights to Fianna Fail senator Ned O’Sullivan this summer. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

Fri, Aug 8, 2014, 14:50

It is early August and it seems as if this silly news season is stretching as long as the evenings. With that here are the dizzy dozen, the 12 silliest Irish news stories so far this summer.

1. Search is on as Kimye touch down in Cork The silly season started off early this year when Kim Kardashian and Kanye West decided to honeymoon in Ireland late in May. While one eminent late night broadcaster (Vincent Browne) asked in his paper review “who the hell is Kimeee”, dozens of reporters and photographers asked where exactly is Kimye – with the journey taking them from a luxury Cork hotel to the romantic surroundings of a Portlaoise cinema.

2. Sole-searching Varadkar searches for missing shoes of aide

The next candidate for top silly season story is a far more down to earth affair. In June Minister for Transport Leo Varadkar tweeted that his assistant lost their shoes cycling from Navan road. A bit like Kimye the shoes remained elusive.

A Department of Transport spokesman said Mr Varadkar used his account for discussing both important matters of State and more light-hearted issues, according to this June 23rd story.

3. Yoga putting souls in jeopardy, Donegal priest warns From matters of sole to soul comes the next silly season story courtesy of Fr Padraig O’Baoill , a parish priest in Co Donegal. In the weighty journal that is the Gaoth Dobhair parish newsletter he warned of yoga, tai chi and reiki. “Do not put your soul in jeopardy for the sake of these contemptible things,” he wrote according to the July 9th news story.

4. Dun Laoghaire RNLI rescues Mickey Mouse balloon

Stories about weather and sea rescues are always numerous over the summer season but on June 30th Dun Laoghaire lifeboat brought us a rescue with a difference.

A large Mickey mouse balloon was rescued after a series of 999 calls reported an object crashing in the sea off Bray amid fears a paraglider may have gotten into difficulty. Thankfully it was a balloon - and the lifeboat crew did indeed rescue it and took a photograph with it. It was first cartoon character rescue by the crew this year.

5. Stranded Jedward rescued by Coast Guard in Malahide On July 2nd the season moved onto the saving of two far more serious characters, Jedward. The pop duo found themselves stranded on a sandbank near Donabate when the tide came in around them. Much to the relief of the nation John and Edward Grimes were rescued after their mother called the coast guard.

6. FF Senator says seagulls have lost the run of themselves From a sea rescue to sea gulls and the sleepless nights they were giving to Fianna Fail senator Ned O’Sullivan. On July 17th as the Oireachtas term drew to a close , the good senator used his time to highlight problem of “scavenger” gulls in the city. They have “lost the run of themselves completely”, the Kerry senator said making voters so glad they decided to save the Seanad in last year’s referendum. The story got wings and even generated an opinion piece piece but our London editor Mark Hennessy came to the senator’s rescue when he wrote that in Britain a number of local authorities have begun to take action following increasingly aggressive attacks by gulls in seaside towns and cities.