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Monday 17 December 2018

Top comics stand up for charity in fundraising drive

Tommy Tiernan. Photo: Gareth Chaney/Collins Photo Agency
Tommy Tiernan. Photo: Gareth Chaney/Collins Photo Agency

Top Irish comedians will be standing up for charity again as the annual Paddy's Night In Support Of Comic Relief returns for a second year.

This year's gig, taking place in the 3Arena on Saturday, March 17, follows a hugely successful sell-out debut last year.

A number of big names have been signed up for the event, including Tommy Tiernan and Father Ted star Ardal O'Hanlon.

Deirdre O'Kane and Bernard O'Shea - currently burning up the dance floor on RTE's Dancing With The Stars - are also lined up for the evening.

PJ Gallagher and Andrew Maxwell are among the other comedians taking part.

The aim of the night is to raise funds via Comic Relief for domestic and international charities tackling refugee issues and the homelessness crisis.

Wonderful

The event is spearheaded by O'Kane, who last week impressed viewers with her first sashay on to the floor on Dancing With The Stars, and TV producer Darren Smith.

Last year's event raised more than €200,000, and O'Kane is hoping for more of the same this year.

"Last year's sell-out gig was just wonderful, a joy from beginning to end, with more huge laughs than you could shake a very big stick at," she said.

"Everyone on stage brought their A game, as did our brilliant audience."

Tickets for Paddy's Night In Support Of Comic Relief go on sale on Monday at 9am and cost €45.

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