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Tuesday 26 September 2017

I'm in Carrigstown to stay, vows new Fair City temptress Aoibhin

GORGEOUS new soap star Aoibhin Garrihy said she is thrilled at being Carrigstown's latest temptress.

The 22-year-old actress from Castleknock recently nabbed her first ever TV gig in Fair City.

The blonde was introduced to viewers of the series in the form of the desperate temptress Neasa Dillon for the first time earlier this month.

Struggling with her financial situation, Neasa instantly began causing trouble between her debt collector Damien Halpin and his wife Suzanne Doyle after she planted a kiss on him in a bid to get him to forget about the money she owes.

"I'm delighted to be playing the role of Neasa. She's really fun and she's got a great sense of humour, which is really endearing. She doesn't take herself too seriously and she is going to be around for a while.

"I grew up with Fair City so I was always a huge fan even before I got the role.

"I was training in Trinity for three years in the acting course there before I got the job, so this is my TV break because I've done mainly theatre up until now," she said.

"I've been having a great time because everyone on the show is so nice. Mac Burke, who plays Damien, has been fantastic," she added.

Despite originally only signing on to shoot scenes for two weeks, Aoibhin revealed she will most definitely be back on screen soon with more shocking scenes to come as Neasa's family background is revealed.

Aoibhin, who graduated with a Bachelor in Acting Studies from Trinity College last year, kept her lips tightly sealed when asked whether her character could spell the end for childhood sweethearts Damien and Suzanne.

"I can't reveal too much but I think it's definitely going to stir something there between them.

"I think he is starting to create a web of lies at the moment so it is all to be revealed."

Aoibhin made her red carpet debut at the TVNow Awards on Saturday with her new co-stars, including Maclean Burke and Sarah McDowall, who plays Suzanne.

"I was very nervous but delighted to be there and I was really looking forward to it. I saw some of the cast of Emmerdale and the other soaps so it was great to meet them all."

Aoibhin, who is the granddaughter of legendary musician Chris Droney, made her television debut in front of an estimated audience of 600,000 people.

"It's great to have a steady acting job for a while because in this business you never know," she added.

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