Sixty years on, and dozens of roses, frocks and party pieces later, the Rose of Tralee International Festival has returned to the Kingdom writes Jess Casey. Love it or loathe it, the annual festival has seen both its ups and downs through its long history, including a televised proposal, financial woes, a gatecrashing priest and a potential boycott.
NOT another one. If you’re still trying to comprehend the idea that David Bowie was not, in fact, a star man made of star dust, but encased in a biodegradable meat sack like the rest of us, then the news of Prince will have felt like a great big purple slap, writes Suzanne Harrington.
A broadcasting master who made it look effortless, part of the fabric of the BBC and the head of the ‘Murphia’ in the UK media industry — colleagues and friends of the late Terry Wogan yesterday acknowledged the Limerick native’s 50-year contribution to the UK airwaves. TV host Noel Edmonds said “a true master has gone”.