Sir Ranulph Fiennes has been dubbed “The World’s Greatest Living Explorer” by the Guinness Book of Records, and he was in Dublin this week delivering some motivational advice at an Investec High Performance Breakfast. He was telling those gathered how to best to select and manage a team in extreme circumstances. I went along to find out more from the man himself.
“There was a time in Ireland when no night out was truly complete until we’d made it past the bouncer, swapped our jacket for a cloakroom ticket we would soon lose, and cut the rug on the dancefloor of the local nightclub. It’s an experience that many Leaving Cert graduates had for the first time earlier this week, as they celebrated their results. Our own Liam Geraghty dusted off his dancing shoes to see how the sector has been holding up.”
Travelling the length and breadth of the country with a boot full of sequins and synthesizers is all part of a night’s work for Ireland’s jobbing performers. I joined the ranks of the roadies and met with some of our hardest working entertainers.
This weekend is one of the most popular for stags and hens to strut their stuff in towns and villages up and down the country. We all know of the places that are favoured by the feathered boas brigade – places like Kilkenny, Carrick-on-Shannon and Temple Bar. But there are new suggestions on the horizons, much to the dismay of locals as I’ve been finding out.
The Liberties in Dublin is synonymous with street traders, weekend markets, and the smell of roasting hops wafting up from the Guinness factory, as has been well-documented in song and poetry. Some local businesses in the area say they’ve been suffering in recent years, and they’ve come together to attempt to rectify the situation. I went to find out more about their plans.
The very notion of a private club conjures up images of exclusivity, but many of them that have managed to survive the economic crash have had to re-invent themselves just to keep going. Richard dusted off his best blazer to pay some of them a visit.
“It’s Oscars night tomorrow, so no doubt those most coveted of little gold statuettes are getting their last minute polish, the red carpet is being given a good old hoover, and Hollywood A-listers are optimistically preparing acceptance speeches. Closer to home, another Academy had its debut this week when the Bow Street Academy for Screen Acting opened its doors in Dublin. Liam Geraghty went along to find out about the business of creating the careers of some superstars of the future.”
4 out of 5 women say that Irish men are less romantic than their international counterparts, but despite that less-than-enthusiastic rating you can be sure that cash registers across the country have been ringing all week, and will continue to do so today as lovers shell out for Valentine’s Day cards and gifts for. I’ve been finding out just how many people still choose to say it with flowers.