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Tuesday 25 July 2017

'My son has caught the acting bug', says Fair City's Aisling

Aisling O’Neill (right) and Fair City colleague Sorcha Furlong in costume for John B Keane’s The Chastitute at the Gaiety
Aisling O’Neill (right) and Fair City colleague Sorcha Furlong in costume for John B Keane’s The Chastitute at the Gaiety

Fair City star Aisling O'Neill has revealed that her son Chris has caught the acting bug from her - and has become hooked on Fair City's kidnapping storyline.

The Dalkey woman, who has played Carol on the long-running soap since 1999, revealed that nine-year-old Chris began acting for the first time last year.

"He did a short film last year, so you never know, he might take it up," she told the Herald.

"He might have caught the bug off me, it's in the family.

"He didn't watch Fair City before, but he's really got into the Katy-Ciaran storyline, like severely."

Viewers have been hooked on the seemingly endless storyline, though just as many think it has gone beyond a joke.

Katy (Amelia Clarke Stuart) has been locked up by Ciaran (Johnny Ward) for nearly a year, with no end to her torment in sight.

Obsessed

Aisling's son has become a big fan of Ward, who has welcomed him on the Carrigstown set.

"He's obsessed with Johnny Ward, and Johnny always gives him lots of time whenever he goes on set," she said. "He's always saying to me, 'Is Fair City on tonight?' He really does.

"The storyline has caught the nation's imagination."

Fair City is set to make its debut on Scottish tele- vision on Monday after STV2 bought 400 episodes, beginning with those that aired here from Christmas Eve 2014.

"We were all told about that, it's wonderful," said Aisling.

Fans have enjoyed another week to remember following the explosive storyline between Niamh and Paul.

The show had its first two-hander episode as the drama between the husband and wife, played by Tony Tormey and Clelia Murphy, reached new heights when Paul confronted Niamh over her affair with Marcus.

Aisling is currently on a break from filming Fair City and will be starring in John B Keane's comedy The Chastitute alongside fellow Fair City actress Sorcha Furlong.

The production will run at the Gaiety Theatre from next Tuesday until May 20.

It follows character John Bosco McClaine's attempts to find a bride and finally tie the knot.

Stephen Brennan, whose TV credits include The Tudors and Father Ted, stars as McClaine.

Tickets for the play cost from €25 and can be bought at the theatre or from ticketmaster.ie.

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