When I arrived at the Cannes Film Festival at the weekend, it poured down with heavy showers. The girls at the Irish Film Pavilion greeted me with ''you bring your wellies?'' - indeed wet hair and big umbrellas being the main fashion statement when I picked up my Official Accreditation badge the Palais des Festivals.
Whatever about the jewels and gold, the most important possession for any Cannes attendee is the accreditation around their necks.
Over on the Croisette, The Irish Pavilion is a white tent with a big Irish flag. Managed by the Irish Film Board, it forms the central ...
So all the runners and riders are now in place. If you want the executive summary from the second Eurovision semi final: a clean sweep for all the Nordic songs, fan favourite San Marino failed to qualify BUT Romania are through! ÖMG (as they say in these parts).
How to describe it? A hellish Hieronymus Bosch tableau, choreographed by Count from Sesame Street and sung with the falsetto delicacy of un-anesthetised surgery. It's probably how Al-Qaeda imagines the West. It'll probably win.
On a sunnier note, the weather has been glorious here in Malmö, proving once again that ...
RTÉ News journalist John O’Driscoll will be in Malmo for the coming days to report on Ireland’s Eurovision Song Content adventure this year and has very kindly agreed to send us updates between news reports.
Yes with the inevitability of death, taxes and half naked Ukranians going buck wild with fiddles, the Eurovision is upon us again! We've sailed through the first semi final, so it's been a relaxing couple of days for Ryan Dolan before he takes to the stage for Saturday’s Grand Prix here in Målmo (or Malmeuuugh as we learned it ...
John Byrne watches the opening episode of new drama The Fall starring Gillian Anderson.
This week John Byrne focuses on a trio of documentaries made by the BBC featuring an Irishman, an Englishman - and some very dodgy Italians!
The return of The Good Wife and Blue Bloods and new shows including The Fall and The Americans - John Byrne forgoes Factor 50 for some top shows as he previews RTÉ television's new or returning summer acquisitions.
John Byrne looks at the returned Mad Men, some brand new US sci-fi dramas and the latest sitcoms from ITV
John Byrne's TV choices for the week ahead (Sat Apr Apr 17 - Fri May 03)
John Byrne takes in the season two opener of Sky Arts' Playhouse Presents while also checking out a couple of US comedies - including recent newcomer The Mindy Project - and Lee Mack's enduring Not Going Out on BBC One.