An Irish Christmas

As part of our authors’ 12 Days of Christmas, which will start on Friday 13, the AR/SC/EA team have been given space to blather on about what Christmas means to them. First up, here’s Publicity Manager Caroline Lambe – feeling strange, writing about herself in the third person but how and ever.

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This is nostalgic indulgence, but for those with an interest, here’s what an Irish Christmas means to me.

There are many notable events that signal the beginning of Christmas in Ireland. These are moments that reduce me to childish glee, and utterly unashamedly!


Larry Gogan

Larry Gogan

The main man, Mr Larry Gogan

The order can be interchangeable but the two key moments revolve around RTÉ, our national broadcaster. Larry Gogan is a 2FM (equivalent to BBC Radio 1) DJ who has been there since the year dot, literally in the world of 2FM seeing as he played the very first song, on 31 May 1979! (“Like Clockwork” by the Boomtown Rats, if you’re interested to know) Larry is an Irish institution, and he has the honour of annually playing The First Christmas Song on 2FM. It mightn’t be part of his own show, they’re crafty – trying to get us to listen to other shows, waiting on Larry to pop up – but it’s generally during the first week of December. A personal favourite of Larry’s is “Fairytale of New York” by The Pogues although you never quite know what he’ll go with. This year, he played the song that was most frequently requested in 2012, Mariah Carey’s “All I Want For Christmas Is You”. Listening to Larry’s preamble on the 2FM website at the end of November this year, excitedly waiting to hear which song was chosen – and then singing along at the top of my voice –  I felt like I was at home whilst sitting in my house in Leamington Spa. It certainly brought the traditional start of my Irish Christmas to England.


The Late Late Toy Show

Toy Show

Ryan Tubridy2

2013′s Mary Poppins Opening Number

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