(Try to gloss over the fact that I actually watched part of the Eurovision if you could, whilst reading this)
As always, during the voting in the Eurovision as each country delivers their votes, there prevails a magnificent backdrop to each presenter from every country, of their capital: baroque 17th century buildings, or floodlit fountains, or gleaming spires and cathedrals, illuminated office buildings or live scenes of brightly lit squares and piazzas.
Need I even say any more...
The most pathetic, egregiously ludicrous, most terrible, awful, incomprehensible & unrecognisable backdrop concievable.
A darkened freezeframe of a minute section, (the south western end) of O' Connell Street, replete with blazing red traffic lights and Champion Sports dominating the shot, the rest, the central part of the shot, an unrecognisable black lump of nothingness.
What a spectacular scene a pure white-floodlit Spire would have been, with O 'Connell St spread out around it, or our stunning Custom House or Four Courts illuminated with the Liffey shimmering in the city lights below.
Instead a shambles. Primarily RTÃ‰'s fault, and considering their devotion to Eurovision it's surprising, but also the CC's fault, or the OPW, for the abominable floodlighting of most of our major public buildings.
RTÃ‰ probobly looked at all the options for Dublin backdrops, but couldn't find anything remotely suitable in this city.
What a shame.