I got the call on Friday. Link here to the show.
My mother accompanied me and I was most grateful. On the way there we ended up heading northbound on M50, a victim of the roadworks which ironically we were admiring instead of focusing on keeping in the correct lane. Then coming home the most dreadful fog! As we approached the M4 toll plaza, it was surreal. The road markings disappeared and we were in a sea of fog. Fortunately I know the way into the plaza and crawled along keeping to the left, to find a Sligo car driving horizontally across the plaza, completely lost. He waited till I went past him and then followed me into the plaza slowly and then followed me out. But even then I ended up perilously close to the crash barriers on the right hand side. Mad stuff.
Anyway, the show was good fun. It was a pleasure to meet the wonderful Kathy Sheridan. I’m a big fan as is my mother. Kathy grew up in a political household (her father was a TD) and feels the spawn of politicians should have counselling. Des Peelo’s tan was impressive and while we disagreed on Bertie I told him later he was right about executives in Howth not using the DART even though its on their doorstep. There is a prejudice against public transport in some quarters. I thought Barry Andrews did well and didn’t suck the life out of the show the way some of his senior cabinet colleagues so often do. And Leo Varadkar is tall, which is always a surprise. People you know only from the telly are usually small. Like me