Friday, 23 January 2009

Joan Brosnan Walsh, best known as her on screen character Mags Kelly in Fair City, speaks of the terrible illness that has brought her remarkable television career to an end. Live performances from musician Liam O Connor and the hilarious Mackbecks cast.

Liam O'Connor

One of Ireland's finest musicians Liam is also in the Guinness Book of Records as the fastest fingers in the world. Together with a few of his friends Liam played the title track of his new album 'Tico Tico'.

Victoria Smurfit, Pauline McLynn and Fiona Looney

Victoria Smurfit, Pauline McLynn and Fiona Looney were in studio to talk about their new play 'October' which opens at the Olympia Theatre in Dublin from February 6th. Tickets for the evening and matinee shows are on sale now from www.ticketmaster.ie.  Pauline also spoke about her brand new novel 'Missing You Already' which is in the shops now.

Joan Brosnan-Walsh

Actress Joan Brosnan-Walsh joined Pat to talk about her 20 years playing Mags on Fair City. She spoke fondly of her time in Carrigstown and explained how Motor Neurone Disease had brought her career to an un-timely end. With contributions from her former cast members Joan remembers some of the highlights of her 20 years on one of Irelands most loved programmes before speaking poignantly about her illness. The audience gave her a standing ovation.

To contact The Irish Motor Neurone Disease Association you can visit www.imnda.ie or phone 1800 403 403.

Imelda May

In February last year Imelda May won the Prestigious Irish World Best Female Newcomer Award and had been slowing making her mark on the music industry ever since. After 10 years working hard at perfecting her music, she got her big break with Jools Holland and hasn't looked back since. About to kick off a nationwide your in the UK, she has been hailed as having a rare kind of raw talent and timeless glamour with her music being described as her a unique mix of rockabilly, blues and jazz. Her debut album 'Love Tattoo' is much in demand.

Imelda performed two songs from that album and told Pat about her beginnings in the Irish music scene.

David Bellamy

Much loved and acclaimed environmental campaigner David Bellamy joined Pat to tell us all we've been told about greenhouse gases and global warming is nothing but a load of rubbish and that we are in fact facing into a period of colder weather.

MacBecks

MacBecks tells the story of a certain celebrity footballer and his A list wife. It's a hilarious new musical comedy which is currently running in the Olympia Theatre.

John Bishop

Hilarious, Liverpool comedian John Bishop talked to Pat about Obama, cutbacks, banks and the state of the world. He also spoke about how the haphazard decision to become a comedian saved his marriage and his family life.

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