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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.

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