Growing up under the threat of the wooden spoon is such a common shared experience in Ireland, it’s almost a collective joke. But is the threat of violence, or indeed violence itself (let’s fact it, the spoon wasn’t always an empty threat) as form of discipline really a laughing matter?
We may have more Eurovision wins (seven, in case you're wondering) under our belt than any other country, but over the course of the contest's 63 year history we've had quite a few turkeys amongst our entries too (aside from the obvious). Here's a rundown of the some of the more memorable performances from Ireland over the years, both good and bad. You can't appreciate the former fully without remembering the latter so let's kick off with the bad...
A single dose of the Oxford vaccine may reduce transmission of coronavirus by two thirds, according to a new study which provides a major boost to the UK’s recommendation that the second jab should be delayed for up to 12 weeks.