Emmanuel Kehoe on TV: Looking back at the short life of a true Irish original

The late broadcaster Vincent Hanley, whose brief but spectacular career lit up Irish screens in the 1980s, was profiled in RTÉ’s

Vincent Hanley: Sex, Lies and Videotapes (RTÉ One). Picture: RT Stills Library

Vincent Hanley: Sex, Lies and Videotapes (RTÉ One)

In 1992, I took my then nine-year-old son to see the Macnas production of The Táin. We bought two tubs of ice-cream, and when he opened his, he recoiled. In the otherwise plain ice was a tiny spot of red, which he instantly took to be blood. He refused to eat it, and we swapped. He was so tuned in to HIV and Aids that nothing would ...