RADIO MOMENT OF THE WEEK
Sarky birthday to you Regular listeners to Saturday With Cormac Ó
hEadhra (RTÉ Radio 1) will be familiar with the host’s irreverently scornful attitude to platitude and, on occasion, to politeness, particularly when it comes to evasive politicians. But even his compliments can be barbed, as pundit and Irish Times columnist Noel Whelan learns after he reveals on-air that he is having a landmark birthday. “During the break, we’ll sing happy birthday to Noel Whelan,” says Ó hEadhra chirpily. “Fifty, Noel? You don’t look a day over 60.” After greetings like this, you wouldn’t want to be on Ó hEadhra’s Christmas card list.