TV Review: No escape from the Gathering
Reviewed this week: New Year's Eve Show Live - The Gathering (RTE One). Faoi Gheasa ag The Quiet Man (TG4). Mise Éire - Lorg na gCos (TG4). When Ali Came to Ireland (RTE One.
The Gathering has a curiously ominous ring to it. It suggests to me a low-grade horror movie title like The Swarm - and like a swarm it's begun to envelop RTE. The national station is clearly enthusiastically on-message with the whole business, so much so that it reminds me of the famous Dáil statement by Seán Lemass in 1966 to the effect that RTE was "an instrument of public policy".
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