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Wednesday 3 September 2014

Wanderer Wayne jets home to Fair City

AN explosive storyline is on the cards in Fair City this Christmas with the return of Wayne Molloy to Carrigstown.

Actress Martina Stanley, who plays the long-suffering Dolores Molloy in the soap, revealed that there are great things to come for her character.

"Her gorgeous son who lives in the States is coming home for Christmas," she said.



Heartbreaking

It appears that things could be looking up for Dolores, with the return of her son -- it's been quite some time since Wayne made an appearance in the show.

Dolores has had a heartbreaking history in the soap. Wayne, played by Stephen Swift, is her only remaining child.

Her daughter Lorraine, was killed in a hurricane, while daughter Jessica died in a drugs accident and husband Harry committed suicide.

After that, Dolores turned to religion for solace, and fostered homeless girl Cleo, whose life she helped turn around.

Fair City stalwart Martina said that she still enjoys playing the character of Dolores. "I wouldn't be here if I didn't enjoy it," she said.

And there's plenty of drama in the soap this week as the cast, crew and fans celebrate the hit show's 20th anniversary this week, alongside Carrigstown's centenary celebrations.

The first episode of Fair City was broadcast on RTE television 20 years ago, on 18th September 1989.

Some of the cast were featured on the Late Late Show on Friday night with new host Ryan Tubridy.

Back in 1989, RTE decided that it needed an urban soap to compete with Eastenders and Coronation Street.



Bus

It brought in a team of writers to create Fair City, which has consistently proved to be a ratings winner for the national broadcaster.

There was no Fair City studio at RTE until 1994, so filming took place at Ardmore Studios in Wicklow, with the entire cast of actors taken by bus to Co Wicklow every morning.

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