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Wednesday 7 December 2016

Ah you will! Father Ted's Pauline McLynn hopes for stage reunion with pal Ardal O'Hanlon

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Pauline McLynn
Pauline McLynn

It's been nearly two decades since they starred together in Father Ted, but Pauline McLynn has revealed that she would love to work with co-star Ardal O'Hanlon again.

The actress (52), who played housekeeper Mrs Doyle, said that even though it's been 17 years since the hit comedy ended, she's still in touch with Ardal.

The pair, who have both worked in theatre projects since the show finished, are still good friends and Pauline has said she would love to collaborate with the comedian on stage.

"Of all of them Ardal is the one I see most of," she told the Herald. "Every so often I get invited around for dinner at his house, so that's always great.

"What would be lovely is to do a show with him. He does a lot of stage acting in England as well so it'd be great to collide again at some stage."

Speaking at the launch of the Project Commissioning Award at the Project Arts Centre, the Sligo native admitted that she can't believe it's the 20th anniversary since the show first aired.

Despite starring in numerous television shows since Fr Ted, including EastEnders and Shameless, Pauline said that she doesn't mind being known for her role in the Irish comedy.

The actress, who is currently touring the UK with a stage production of East is East, said it's strange when she doesn't get recognised as being Mrs Doyle.

"It would be unusual if someone didn't say something to me [about Father Ted] and if it didn't happen on a day I'd think to myself, 'What happened there?'.

"It's great to have been a part of something that was so loved."

The popular actor was speaking at the launch of the 50,000 project commissioning fund for the artists of today.

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