Well, I'm just back from being in the audience of the Claire Byrne Live show on RTE, and this time I did get to speak! Not that my contribution to the discussion was all that substantial, or eloquent for that matter, but at least I made it and I don't think I made a complete fool of myself. Unlike the previous time I spoke in a TV studio, I didn't freeze when somebody responded to me, and I even engaged in a bit of back and forth. So, I'm happy with that. I hope I get future opportunities because I do enjoy the experience of being involved in public debate, though I'm a bit shaky at it so far.
I did learn something, though; lead with your main point. I started with a secondary point, a response to something someone previously said, and then the discussion got away from me. I never got to make my main point, which I think was a good one. We were discussing the separation of Church and State.
That was the first time I've been in the hallowed (or unhallowed?) halls of RTE, even though I walk past it every day, working as I do only ten minutes walk from it. I have to say they were all very nice and even laid on a taxi home.
I was sitting beside Donald Clarke, film reviewer and columnist with The Irish Times, who very often takes potshots at the Church in his writing. I've never agreed with a single word that particular journalist has written, on films or religion or anything else-- right down to "the", "is" and "or". However, we didn't speak.
The show can presumably be seen on the RTE Player online, though I assume it's only viewable to people in Ireland. I'm the guy who mentions bishops washing the feet of abuse victims. I won't look at it myself, though, as I would cringe.