Teresa Mannion's report is just the latest in a long line of moments we all stopped to watch
While Desmond was pummelling the west, bringing huge rainfalls across the island, the only name on anyone’s lips was Teresa, as RTÉ broadcast journalist Teresa Mannion became an overnight sensation in one brief news report.
Trending on social media, relayed by news websites all over the world, Mannion’s near-manic plea for people to stay in their homes while Des was in town has become perhaps the most iconic moment of Irish television in 2015, and almost certainly guarantees the journalist the greatest laurel wreath Ireland hands out – a featured spot on a future episode of Reeling in the Years.
When it comes to television, though, there is no shortage of iconic moments that have graced the Irish airwaves over the years. Here’s our take on the most iconic Irish TV moments.
At a time when music-based reality TV shows could grip a nation, Nadine Coyle loses her grip on the reality she’d fabricated in order to get into Six, despite being below the requisite 18 years of age.
In 1964, the Cuban revolutionary landed in Dublin airport, where he was interviewed for the evening news. But when no interpreter could be found to act as an intermediary, Aer Lingus air hostess Felima Archer stepped into the breach.
While hosting the Late Late Show, Pat Kenny called up a competition winner to offer her the hottest ticket in town, the much coveted Toy Show tickets. Along with a prize worth €10,000. When she opted not to take the tickets, Kenny tore them to pieces on air.
Back when the only channel on Irish TV was RTÉ, comedian Brendan Grace taught boys and girls how to safely get from side of the road to the other in 1970s Ireland, when he sang the iconic tune of the Safe Cross Code.
At a time when the most elaborate TV set on Irish TV appeared to be a carpet spread across a wall, Gay Byrne introduced the nation to a selection of boyband members, who then gamely made national fools of themselves by dancing along to some club music. And then they became Boyzone.
Who is he? How much pain was he in? Why was he bombing along at such a pace? Regardless, the RTÉ news coverage of a man having the mother of all prat falls on an icy footpath has become the stuff of legend.
Though perhaps probably not the wisest decision to encourage Irish children to blindly follow outwardly friendly adults through mysterious doors, it pretty much always ended up with a trip to Dublin Zoo.