Thursday 20 October 2016

Irish crowd in Sydney moved me to tears - Tommy Tiernan

Tommy Tiernan
Tommy Tiernan

He's been making people laugh for two decades, but comedian Tommy Tiernan has admitted he was moved to tears when he performed to a crowd of Irish exiles in Australia.

The Navan man said he was "emotional" during his sold-out shows at Sydney Opera House after he realised a large proportion of the audience were Irish.

"To be on the other side of the world in such an iconic building, we did two sold-out shows on the one night," he said.

"It was emotional. I cried a tiny bit on stage in the Opera House and I had to kind of turn my back for a moment and gird myself and gather my energies and plug on.

"It was just the roar of the exiles. You feel their pride at being Irish, feel their delight at seeing you and you kind of realise you have so much in common with them on the other side of the planet."

Tiernan said he feels for those who live so far away from home.

"I do feel sad for the people who are separated from their families, mammies and daddies who have to send money home," he said.

Speaking on Ryan Tubridy's show on 2fm, Tiernan said he will host a new four-part chat show on the station, starting next month.


The one-hour show will be broadcast at 1pm on Saturdays, taking over an hour of Larry Gogan's slot while he is on holiday.

The chat show will be a live broadcast from Dublin's Sugar Club, and Tiernan will not know who he will be interviewing until he is on air.

"I remember the old Late Late Show - they'd never tell you who the guests were before they came out and I started laughing to myself," he said.

"How about if the host didn't know who the guests were either?

"You can't prepare for it. It's like being told you're in the Olympics, but you have-n't been told what sport."

The new show willnot be Tiernan's first stint on the air - he hosted a weekend show on 2fm with Hector O hEochagain in 2010.

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