5 THINGS LEARNED THIS WEEK
Coronation Street loses one of its favourite characters as Betty Driver, she of the most famous hotpot in Britain, passes away. At 91, she had appeared in more than 2,800 episodes of the soap. Her wit and charm will be missed. She wore the years incredibly well.
Giovanni Trapattoni has been labelled the ' lucky general', as the Republic of Ireland draws the supposedly weak Estonia in the European Championships play-off match. We must not forget the Estonians probably greeted the news with equal celebrations, as they avoided Bosnia, Croatia and Portugal. There is nothing easy at international level. Game on, for both sides.
The Presidential election has taken more dirty twists and turns that a rat's way home, as the Irish media takes a leaf from the British media's book. Dragging up whatever filth it can find to discredit the runners is now common practice. Expect ethics to be eroded beyond recognition, come seven years' time.
Reviewers say Colm Meaney delivers one of his best performances in his new film, Parked. Could we have another The Guard-style hit on our hands? If so, it would make it a great year for Irish cinema.
Gazza has released his autobiography and it is sure to be an entertaining read. In one disclosure, he admits downing nine brandies and snorting cocaine, before playing a game: he was man of the match. It brings a whole new perspective to an injured Robbie Keane singing a few tunes in a bar, doesn't it?