Interview: Tommy Tiernan up for Fermanagh adventure

Here's Tommy!

Here’s Tommy!

‘A great way to start the day’ was how Internationally acclaimed comedian Tommy Tiernan described speaking to the Herald this week and he is looking forward to bringing his own brand of ‘mischief’ and ‘devilment’ to Fermanagh.

Tommy looked ahead to his three upcoming performances, which begin in Mahon’s Hotel on Saturday night and continues  the following night in the Killyhevlin Hotel before  concluding the following Friday at the Donn Carragh in Lisnaskea.

Although he does not know Fermanagh too well, every two years Tommy, his wife and his  children holiday at Castle Archdale, which the kids especially can’t get enough of.

“There’s a waterspout centre up there that the kids love, they get taken out on the lake and they get. There’s a kid called Lombardo a great  young fella and he does his best to fling the kids from one side of the Lough Erne to the other and they adore it they absolutely adore it.”

Does he have trouble with people recognising while trying to enjoy leisure time with the family in Castle Archdale? In one word, no.

“We were in this cafe in the caravan park at Castle Archdale and in the shop beside it they were selling DVDs of loyalist marching bands so once I saw that I knew the odds of being recognised were fairly slim,” he joked.

“If it was a GAA hall I might expect the odd hello, but not there. In saying that though there is a fair amount of recognition in Enniskillen, and I enjoy it.”

Ahead of his ‘World Tour of Fermanagh’ Tommy explained a bit about what the local folk should expect.

“I have no idea, mischief, devilment, I think that it is part of the experience. You’re the great underminer, you have to undermine yourself, ridicule your own life, ridicule your own notions, but ridicule the world around you as well.”

He continued: “I know you lot are mischievous people, good story tellers so I’m looking for encounters. It’s an adventure I don’t know an awful lot about, I’ll be like Darwin arriving on the Galapagos Islands, I’ll be looking for species I haven’t seen anywhere else. I’m just looking for craic and soul as well. It’s a great way to spend time, going round telling stories, so I’m up for adventure Fermanagh definitely.”

Although he wouldn’t give any direct insight into the content of his upcoming shows, he did offer some tips for the fledgling comedians out there.

“The one thing we all have to remember is to wait for the stuff that makes you laugh and that’s the trick of it, that’s the fishing of it. If it makes you laugh trust it. If you’re the only person it makes laugh, then at least you had a laugh at it.”


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