Willie O’Reilly: Pickled cucumber time as the media runs short of news

The anniversary of Michael Collins’s death falling in August is a huge boon to a media desperate to fill their airtime and column inches with something – anything – during the silly season

Michael Collins: commemoration of the anniversary of his death is a silly-season staple every year. Picture: Getty

Now is what the Germans call Saueregurkenzeit, “pickled cucumber time”. It’s the time of year when media has more space than it knows what to do with. The time when the pages don’t refuse any ink, and when there’s more filler on television than you’d find in a dental surgery.

Some call them the dog days, the time when news slows down and frivolous stories take up even more space than normal because, well, there ...