For generations it seemed that we were always second in line when it came to receive the fruits of the Americas. As a child, you'd always here tantalising tales from classmates who'd visited the United States over the summer and seen films, the names of which we'd have yet to even hear of. But it was not just films, even such fundamental things as refrigeration and gaining independence from the British we seemed to be late to the party on.
However, the tides have been changing and, greater parity has been achieved. I feel there is no greater symbol of this than the fact that Game Of Thrones Season 8 is to be broadcast on Irish television simultaneously as it is on American television. All those with Sky Atlantic will be able to watch each episode of Game of Thrones as it is shown on American television on HBO.
As they've done for many years, Sky have confirmed that the show will be simultaneously broadcast on Sky Atlantic as it goes out on HBO in America.
The debut episode of the final season of Game of Thrones will debut on Irish screens at 2am on April 15. This is a Sunday night, Monday morning, so, for those of you with very few personal responsibilities - or those who are willing to shirk whatever professional/educational/or familial responsibilities they have - set your watches now.