‘Friends’ actor, Matthew Perry Found Lifeless.

Sadly, we learn this morning that ‘Friends’ actor, Mr Matthew Perry, who found fame playing the character Chandler Bing, has died in a suspected accidental drowning in a jacuzzi at his home. Mr Bing was aged just 54 years old.

His death comes after he recently published his memoir, informing his fans of how he had overcome drink and drug addictions, which had almost brought about his death.

Mr Perry was discovered dead at his mansion on Saturday morning last, October 28th; his body discovered by his assistant. It is understood that no foul play was involved.

In all Mr Perry spent 10 seasons playing ‘Chandler’ on ‘Friends’, while struggling with a string of addictions. His memoir ‘Friends, Lovers and the Big Terrible Thing: A Candid, Darkly Funny Book’ exposed his struggles with addictions that became so severe that 5 years ago, at the age of 49 years, he suffered a gastrointestinal perforation, as a result of his extreme opiate usage. Same issue gave him then just a 2% chance of living after being placed in a coma for some weeks, following which he had to use a colostomy bag, while his colon healed.

At the peak of his addictions he was consuming about 55 Vicodin (Trade Name) tablets a day and weighed just 128 pounds. This combination medication is used to relieve moderate to severe pain. It contains an opioid pain reliever hydrocodone and a non-opioid pain reliever acetaminophen. Same is an antitussive (cough suppressant) and narcotic analgesic agent for the treatment of moderate to moderately severe pain. Hydrocodone works in the brain to change how your body feels and responds to pain and since 2009, has been the second most frequently encountered opioid.

Mr Perry had stated “When I’m carrying weight, it’s alcohol; when I’m skinny, it’s pills; when I have a goatee, it’s a lot of pills.”

“Thank you for the years of laughter. In ár gcroíthe go deo”.


Time Comes For All Of Us.

Don’t let the old man in.

Vocals: American singer-songwriter and actor Toby Keith (Toby Keith Covel).

Lyrics: Toby Keith.

“Not letting the old man in”, could be the secret to living longer.
Song lyrics inspired by a question Toby Keith asked of American actor and film director Clint Eastwood (latter then aged 87 back in 2017). He asked how Eastwood managed to keep going at his age?
Clint Eastwood replied; “I just don’t let the old man in”.

Don’t let the old man in.

Don’t let the old man in,
I wanna leave this alone.
Can’t leave it up to him,
He’s knocking on my door.

And I knew all of my life,
That someday it would end.
Get up and go outside,
Don’t let the old man in.

Many moons I have lived,
My body’s weathered and worn.
Ask yourself how would you be,
If you didn’t know the day you were born.

Try to love on your wife,
And stay close to your friends.
Toast each sundown with wine,
Don’t let the old man in.

Many moons I have lived.
My body’s weathered and worn.
Ask yourself how would you be,
If you didn’t know the day you were born.

When he rides up on his horse,
And you feel that cold bitter wind.
Look out your window and smile,
Don’t let the old man in.

Look out your window and smile,
Don’t let the old man in.



Former Thurles Ursuline Convent Students Walk Green Carpet At Oscar Wilde Awards.

L-R: Ms Kerry Condon and Ms Jessie Buckley

Two top actresses, currently both in huge demand, and both previously educated at the Ursuline Convent Secondary School here in Thurles, Co. Tipperary, were among those who walked the Green Carpet at the Oscar Wilde Awards last night; latter organised by the US-Ireland Alliance.

Seeing both actresses, namely Ms Kerry Condon and Ms Jessie Buckley, ushered in a huge sense of pride for the people of Thurles and Tipperary, through their many achievements to date, within the entertainment industry.

The US-Ireland Alliance is a proactive, non-partisan, non-profit organization dedicated to consolidating existing relations between the United States and the island of Ireland and building that relationship for the future. The Oscar Wilde Awards event is an annual event of the US-Ireland Alliance.

Green Party Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media Minister, Ms Catherine Martin, travelled to Los Angeles, with the aim of developing stronger links with the entertainment industry.
While many eyes are currently focused on Ireland’s 14 nominations, here was an ideal time to attempt to attract film companies, granting them opportunities to build stronger relationships with Ireland’s scenic locations and its supberb acting talent.

We understand Ms Martin has already met with Sony, Disney, and with representatives from Marvel.

We wish all those nominated for Academy Awards, (latter awards to be announced on March 13th, 2023), the very best of luck.


Death Announced Of Chaim Topol.

Israeli actor, singer, and illustrator, Chaim Topol (also spelled Haym Topol), sadly passed away yesterday, March 8th, 2023, aged 87 years.

Mononymously known to most people as Topol, he is possibly best known for his portrayal of the character ‘Tevye’, in the musical ‘Fiddler on the Roof’.

He was a founder of ‘Variety Israel’, latter an organization serving children with special needs, and ‘Jordan River Village’, a year-round camp for Arab and Jewish children with life-threatening illnesses.

In 1956 he married Ms Galia Finkelstein, with the couple having three children; one son and two daughters.

Topol’s first film appearance was in the 1961 film ‘I Like Mike’, followed by the 1963 Israeli film ‘El Dorado’. His breakthrough role came as the lead character in the 1964 film ‘Sallah Shabati’.
In 1966, Topol made his English-language film debut as ‘Abou Ibn Kaqden’ in ‘Cast a Giant Shadow’.

His numerous TV appearances included ‘War and Remembrance’; ‘Queenie’; ‘The Winds of War’; ‘The House on Garibaldi Street’, and ‘The Going Up of David Lev’.

His Awards included; Kinor David Prize, (latter an Israeli cultural award), in 1964; Golden Globe for Most Promising Newcomer—Male, in 1964; Golden Globe for Best Actor, in 1971 and Israel Prize, in 2015, latter an award bestowed by the State of Israel, and regarded as the state’s highest cultural honour.

In ár gcroíthe go deo.


Dr. Ciarán Kissane Appointed Director Of Film Classification At Irish Film Classification Office.

The Minister for Justice, Mr Simon Harris TD, has today announced the appointment of Dr. Ciarán Kissane as the new Director of Film Classification in the Irish Film Classification Office (IFCO).
Dr. Kissane’s appointment follows an open competition run by the Public Appointments Service.

Cinema Submissions For Classification.

Announcing the appointment Minister Harris said: “I am delighted to announce the appointment of Dr. Ciarán Kissane, who will bring a wealth of professional experience to this important role.
The important work undertaken by the IFCO ensures that the public, and parents in particular, have a modern and dependable system of classification to enable them to make informed viewing choices for themselves and importantly for those minors for whom they are responsible.”

Speaking about his new role, Dr. Kissane said: “I am delighted to be appointed as Director of Film Classification in the Irish Film Classification Office in its centenary year. I look forward to continuing the long standing and important work of the IFCO over the next 5 years”.

The Irish Film Classification Office was established in 1923 by the Censorship of Films Act 1923. The IFCO’s role was further expanded under the Video Recordings Act 1989. The IFCO is one of the oldest agencies in the State; however it has embraced change, transparency and modernisation in recent years and will continue to evolve with Irish society.

In 2022, the IFCO received 979 cinema submissions for classification (consisting of 438 films, 8 short films and 533 trailers) and 1532 video/DVD submissions, including 20 video games rated as 18, by the Pan-European Game Information system (PEGI).