Ever heard of Breffny Morgan? Me neither? But he describes himself as a “bona fide celebrity” and he’s visiting schools around the country to talk about success and stardom – at a  cost of €5 a pupil. The 22-year-old Corkman was, apparently, a participant on the TV 3 show The Apprentice and he was kicked off after the ninth week. But, as he puts it, there is success in failure. Morgan and fellow contestant Stephen Higgins are visiting 40 secondary schools for the half-hour talks.


British retail giant WH Smith is considering making a bid for the assets of the Irish bookstore chain, Hughes & Hughes, which went into receivership on Friday. Most of the Sunday newspaper speculated on WH Smith’s interest in the chain – especially the valuable Hughes & Hughes concession shops at Cork and Dublin Airports. The two airport shops continued to trade over the weekend.

Cliff Hanger

Who’d have thought that a largely deserted aircraft hangar at Dublin airport would have dominated the media headlines for best part of three weeks? Ryanair’s Michael O’Leary has been dogging Hangar 6 at Dublin Airport with the ferocity of a disgruntled Rottweiler and if we are to judge by the weekend newspapers he is not finished yet. If nothing else O’Leary will wring maximum embarrassment for the Government out of this story.

Royal Visit?

The Sunday papers were uncertain about the possibility of a royal visit to the Four Courts this week. The Sunday Times suggested that diminutive rock star Prince could be on hand to fight an action by concert promoter, MCD, over his failure to turn out for a gig in Croke Park two years ago. But the Sunday Business Post indicated that he might defend his case by video link.

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