Tommy Tiernan has gone on a strange journey in recent years. When those of us of a certain vintage were younger, Tiernan was becoming a phenomenon; loved by young people but treated with severe suspicion by their parents. In more recent times however, he has been reborn as much-loved philosopher for people of all ages.
His RTÉ chat show has been a revelation, his weekly column in the Sunday Independent's 'Life' magazine is alone worth the prize of the paper and his beard is fantastic.
Today he appeared on Ryan Tubridy's RTÉ Radio 1 to chat about everything and anything really. From the joy of drink to the needless pressure we place on our mothers, Tiernan is a man who's been doing a lot of thinking and, unlike some of us, most of it doesn't seem to have been around whether Cavan will make the Ulster final this year.
Have a listen below:
Tiernan is mid-run with the fourth season of his chat show on RTÉ One with the first two episodes drawing in great viewing figures. The first epsiode in the season garnered 331,800 consolidated viewers, which was actually a slight increase on the closing episode of The Ray D'Arcy Show, the show it has replaced for an eight episode run over the course of the summer. As reported by Independent.ie, the opening episodes have also surpassed the viewing figures he has received in last season's midweek slot.