The So­cial Scene

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The Phan­tom was might­ily im­pressed last week, when – hav­ing spent 18 years suc­cess­fully build­ing up the brand – TV3 an­nounced that it is to re-brand as Vir­gin Me­dia Tele­vi­sion dur­ing the first-half of 2018. What’s in a name? We will see! We surely will…

Mean­while, the sta­tion has con­firmed Joe Mol­loy as the host for its NatWest 6 Nations cov­er­age, which kicks off on Satur­day Fe­bru­ary 3 with Wales vs. Scot­land, fol­lowed by a prospec­tive humdinger in the France vs. Ire­land game, which will likely as not fea­ture cur­rent Hot

Press in­ter­vie­wee Bundee Aki. Hav­ing wres­tled the cov­er­age away from RTÉ at con­sid­er­able ex­pense, TV3 are go­ing for the rat­ings jugu­lar

with a panel that in­cludes Ro­nan O’Gara, Shane

Hor­gan, Alan Quin­lan, Shane Jen­nings and Matt Wil­liams. Also de­but­ing that night on TV3 is Ire­land’s Got Tal­ent, which is be­ing pre­sented by Lucy Kennedy, with Louis Walsh, Michelle Vis­age, Ja­son Byrne and Denise Van Outen the judges. The spin-off Ire­land’s Got Mór Tal­ent pairs Glenda Gil­son with so­cial me­dia in­flu­encer James Ka­vanagh… The good news for Red Rock fans on both sides of the Ir­ish Sea, mean­while, is that the res­i­dents of the fic­ti­tious Dublin sea­side town have re­turned for 13 brand new episodes… On the drama front, there’s also a new two-part se­ries, The Bailout, which tells the story of how Brian Cowen & Co. drove the coun­try over a fi­nan­cial cliff; Dark­lands, a Love/ Hate-es­que romp “set amidst a gang war in Dublin’s in­ner city”; and a sec­ond sea­son of Pat

Shortt’s Small­town. Mean­while, if tak­ing over from Vin­cent Browne was a tough job, no one both­ered telling Matt Cooper and Ivan Yates who – hav­ing grown the Tonight Show au­di­ence by 30% – will now be seen on Tues­days, Wed­nes­days and Thurs­days…

It may not be a re-brand, but the switch by

The Observer (and its sis­ter daily news­pa­per The Guardian) to a tabloid for­mat is one of the big­gest events in re­cent pub­lish­ing his­tory, in this part of the world. It is al­ways a strange feel­ing when a beloved pub­li­ca­tion morphs into some­thing very dif­fer­ent. It takes time for the reader to ad­just, of course. But the ini­tial re­ac­tion here in HP Tow­ers is that The Observer just about gets away with it. For sure, the pa­per’s low key de­sign style feels slightly odd in a tabloid con­text. And the in­evitable ed­i­to­rial reshuf­fling has, per­haps, di­min­ished a clus­ter­ing of opin­ion pieces, which had the ef­fect of con­cen­trat­ing minds in the right way. But we will not rush to judge­ment. The Observer is by far The Phan­tom’s favourite news­pa­per read and its sur­vival is of huge im­por­tance. So keep on buy­ing, is all we can say…

In France, they still kiss on main street. Last week, French fem­i­nists be­gan the process of rig­or­ously ques­tion­ing the cur­rent wave of de­nun­ci­a­tions of in­di­vid­ual men that have been tak­ing place on so­cial me­dia. There is no doubt what­so­ever that power im­bal­ances in the en­ter­tain­ment in­dus­try have his­tor­i­cally worked against women at ev­ery turn – both eco­nom­i­cally and in terms of the use and abuse of power. That is wrong and has to change – in­clud­ing the very sim­ple mes­sage that women, across the board, should be as well paid as men. But the one hun­dred French fem­i­nists, in­clud­ing Ab­nousse Shal­mani, Cather­ine Mil­let, Sarah Chiche and Cather­ine Deneuve, who signed a let­ter re­cently made a se­ri­ous point, ar­gu­ing that there is a real dan­ger that the new cul­ture of cen­sor­ship that has emerged in ef­fect links a cer­tain strand of fem­i­nism with re­li­gious fun­da­men­tal­ism. The fall of Har­vey We­in­stein and ev­ery­thing he rep­re­sents is a won­der­ful thing. The man was a swine, who griev­ously abused women. But the ques­tion re­mains: how do we es­tab­lish real gen­der equal­ity with­out sac­ri­fic­ing rights and free­doms that are fun­da­men­tal? That this is an im­por­tant de­bate within fem­i­nism goes with­out say­ing…

Kerry thesp Jessie Buck­ley plays a tal­ented singer in Coun­try Mu­sic, a mother and daugh­ter com­edy from Mis­fits, Peaky Blin­ders and Philip K. Dick’s Elec­tric Dreams man, Tom Harper. Ma­tri­arch du­ties fall to Julie Walters, with film­ing com­menc­ing this spring in Belfast…

Wild­card Dis­tri­bu­tion have picked up the Ir­ish and UK rights to Kiss­ing Candice, the de­but fea­ture film from Aoife McAr­dle. Cham­pi­oned in the past by Hot Press, Aoife has made some su­perb mu­sic videos and was part of the team be­hind RTÉ’s Re­bel­lion block­buster. In Kiss­ing Candice, Ann Kelly stars as the tit­u­lar 17-yearold, whose imag­i­nary dream boy, played by Card­board Gang­sters’ Ryan Lin­coln, sud­denly comes to life…

Jack Reynor has bagged the lead in Strange

An­gel, a new CBS se­ries that’s be­ing pro­duced by Ri­d­ley Scott’s Scott Free com­pany. He plays Jack Par­sons, a 1930s blue-col­lar worker, whose Los An­ge­les life trans­forms when he be­comes a fol­lower of oc­cultist Aleis­ter Crow­ley…

RTÉ will be de­but­ing the TV ver­sion of smash hit Ir­ish com­edy film, Young Of­fend­ers, on Fe­bru­ary 8 with the se­ries also air­ing on BBC3. Alex Mur­phy and

Chris Wal­let reprise the roles of Conor and Jack across six 30-minute episodes, which are set in and around Cork. The se­ries also fea­tures wel­come re­turns from Hilary Rose as Conor’s long-suf­fer­ing mum, Mairéad; Dominic McHale as their arch-neme­sis, Garda Sergeant Healy; and PJ Gal­lagher who’s switch­ing roles from chain­saw-wield­ing psy­cho Ray The Drug Dealer to their equally long-suf­fer­ing school prin­ci­pal. It couldn’t be a bet­ter time for them to re­turn, with Chan­nel 4’s Derry Girls very much flavour on the month in the UK - and rightly so. Among those big­ging up Lisa McGee’s ‘90s yarn is for­mer Girls Aloud singer, and proud Der­ry­woman, Na­dine Coyle, who says, “Great job every­one; hi­lar­i­ous. As a proper Derry wan I ap­prove!”…

Mean­while, Sharon Hor­gan has had her new hor­ror com­edy, Shin­ing Vale, snapped up by Show­time af­ter Warner Bros. agreed to shoot the pi­lot… Co-writ­ten with Trial & Er­ror’s Jeff Astrof, the ac­tion fo­cuses on a dys­func­tional fam­ily of city dwellers, who move to a house in the coun­try where ter­ri­ble things have hap­pened. Only the mother, though, cops that there’s an evil spirit try­ing to pos­sess her.

“It’s a show about men­tal ill­ness, small-town pol­i­tics, re­li­gion and a fam­ily bat­tling their demons,” we’re told, “but in a re­ally funny and scary way.” With Hor­gan also work­ing on new sea­sons of HBO’s Di­vorce and Chan­nel 4’s Catas­tro­phe, and her Gra­ham Line­han co-write, Moth­er­land, re­ceiv­ing rave reviews last au­tumn, she’s one hot prop­erty at the mo­ment…

The Phan­tom reck­ons that To­day FM has done the right thing hand­ing the week­day lunchtime slot to Muire­ann O’Con­nell on a per­ma­nent ba­sis. A smart broad­caster with bags of per­son­al­ity, she started her ca­reer on Lim­er­ick’s Live 95 be­fore trans­fer­ring to SPIN South West and then head­ing to Dublin as a fill-in jock on Phan­tom 105.2, where she im­pressed the Com­mu­ni­corp big­wigs. Fin­ish­ing her To­day FM show in Mar­coni House at 2.30pm, she then has to fly (well, sort of) out to Bal­ly­mount, to co-present TV3’s The Six O’Clock Show with Martin King…

For­mer kfm man David Baker has launched the on­line melodyra­dio­coun­try. com, which he hopes will even­tu­ally grab it­self a full broad­cast li­cence. Since the BAI let Dublin’s Coun­try 106.8 morph into Sun­shine 106.8 – tak­ing it away from coun­try mu­sic – Coun­try ‘n’ Ir­ish musicians and fans

have been poorly served by main­stream ra­dio here…

Maeve Hig­gins is to have her Maeve In Amer­ica: Es­says By A Girl From Some­where Else book pub­lished State­side by Pen­guin in Au­gust. Based on her pod­casts of the same name, the tome is al­ready be­ing talked up by Amy Schumer, whose “Maeve Hig­gins is hi­lar­i­ous! She is the true Ir­ish voice of our Amer­i­can gen­er­a­tion” sound­bite has made it onto the cover…

For­mer Hot Press staffer Lisa Coen and her Tramp Press part­ner Sara Gough have suc­ceeded in get­ting the rules changed so that Ir­ish-pub­lished – as well as Bri­tish-pub­lished – nov­els are now el­i­gi­ble for the Man Booker Prize. The pair were un­der­stand­ably irked in 2016, when Mike McCor­mack’s So­lar

Bones, which picked up the Gold­smiths Prize, was ex­cluded from the Man Booker run­ning be­cause they’d yet to do a deal with a UK dis­trib­u­tor…

Hot Press is deeply sad­dened by the death of Seán Hughes, AKA tal­ented young Fin­glas rap­per Lil’ Red, who passed away on Fri­day, shortly af­ter go­ing to his GP with a chest in­fec­tion.

Hot Press As­sis­tant Edi­tor, Stu­art Clark, wit­nessed Seán’s tal­ents first-hand at the 2016 Let’s Talk About Drugs Na­tional Youth Me­dia Awards, when he per­formed with his Co­laiste Eoin school­mates.

“He had an in­cred­i­ble com­mand of lan­guage, and blew every­one away with his pas­sion­ate de­liv­ery,” Stu­art says. “He had bags of per­son­al­ity and the abil­ity to com­mu­ni­cate with his peers. Our con­do­lences to his fam­ily and friends.” Echo­ing those sen­ti­ments, mu­sic man­ager Dean Scurry says: “Seán brought a smile to my face ev­ery time we met. A true gent, pas­sion­ate, friendly and full of love.”

The CEO of the Ana Lif­fey Drug Project, Tony Duf­fin, adds: “So shocked and sad to hear of the pass­ing of Seán Hughes. I had the priv­i­lege of meet­ing him and hear­ing him rap on two oc­ca­sions at the Me­dia Awards. He was bril­liant”…

And then, of course, there is our good friend and lead­ing light of Ir­ish mu­sic over the past 20 years, Dolores O’Rior­dan – who is on the cover of our first is­sue of the new year, sadly in the most ter­ri­ble of cir­cum­stances. Here at Hot Press, we want to ex­tend our deep­est and sin­cer­est con­do­lences to her mother Eileen, her brothers Ter­ence,

Bren­dan, Donal, Joseph and P. J. (al­ways

a good friend to Hot Press), and her sis­ter

An­gela; to her chil­dren, Tay­lor Bax­ter, Molly Leigh, and Dakota Rain; to the mem­bers of The Cran­ber­ries, also good friends of the

magazine at ev­ery turn, Noel Ho­gan, Mike Ho­gan and Fer­gal Lawler; to ex-hus­band Don Bur­ton; to her friends in D.A.R.K., boyfriend Olé Koret­sky and Andy Rourke; and to all of the peo­ple who have known and loved her and well miss her hugely over the months and years come. Dolores O’Rior­dan, Ir­ish rock icon (1971-2018) RIP.

Shane MacGowan on stage at the Na­tional Con­cert Hall on the oc­ca­sion of his 60th birth­day

Michelle, Louise and Michael Mulc­ahy at the launch of Trad­Fest 2018

The Dor­rian Fam­ily from Done­gal en­joy the NYF Dublin Fes­ti­val on Cus­toms House Quay

The Sch­weitzers from Or­lando Florida, en­joy­ing the NYF Dublin Fes­ti­val on Cus­toms House Quay

Lor­raine Keane at the preview screen­ing of Down­siz­ing at The Stella The­atre

Karen Koster at the launch of Ben­e­fit Cos­met­ics new PORE­pearl primer

Sarah McEvoy and Ali McPar­land at the Cliff Style awards at the Leop­ard­stown Christ­mas Rac­ing Fes­ti­val

Ted Kennedy and An­gela Kennedy at the Cliff Style awards at the Leop­ard­stown Christ­mas Rac­ing Fes­ti­val

Lisa Nolan and Gareth Downey pic­tured at the launch of CHIPPED Nail Bar

Suzanne McClean and Olaf Tyaransen at Ros­abel's Rooms launch at Salt Restau­rant, Salthill, Gal­way

Fiona Bren­nan and Elsa Jones at the launch of Aoife McEl­wain's new book Slow At Work

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