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Tuesday 21 May 2019

Homer goes on the rip in Ireland for a special St Patrick's Day edition

Irish viewers will be the first to see the St Patrick's Day episode of the cult cartoon when it premiers in Dublin.
Irish viewers will be the first to see the St Patrick's Day episode of the cult cartoon when it premiers in Dublin.

Homer Simpson will be drowning the shamrock in a Dublin pub this Paddy's Day.

In an upcoming episode of The Simpsons, the cartoon patriarch ends up buying a pub after a boozy session.

Homer's trip to Ireland occurs when Grampa reveals he has always yearned to return to Ireland to have a drink in O'Flanagan's pub -- so the family goes on an epic adventure across the Atlantic.

A source said: "A drunken Homer and Grampa end up buying the pub and madness and mayhem ensue."

In the episode, the family also stop off at the Giant's Causeway, Blarney Castle and even the Guinness Brewery.

And top Irish actor Colm Meaney lends his voice as the show's guest star.

To celebrate the episode, executive producers Al Jean and James L Brooks and the actress behind Bart's voice, Nancy Cartwright, will travel to Ireland.

The trio will attend an exclusive screening of the episode -- the first time an episode has been show here before the US -- and while they're here, will take part in Dublin's St Patrick's Day parade.

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It's not the first time that The Simpsons has been involved with the Irish.

In one episode, Bart got so drunk at a St Patrick's Day parade in Springfield that the city reintroduced prohibition, forcing Homer to become a bootlegger.

Irish star Liam Neeson has starred in one episode as a priest who converts Bart and Homer to Catholicism, while U2 also had a drink in Mo's bar and performed in Springfield.

Also, in The Simpsons movie, Lisa fell in love with an Irish boy after Springfield was cut off from the rest of America by the Environmental Protection Agency.

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