Fair City, Kerry Football, Republic of Loose
On The Café this Thursday, November 23rd, Aidan and Laura help celebrate Fair City's 2,000 episode with Barry, Jo and Heather. Kerry footballers Kieran Donaghy and Aidan O'Mahony drop in to The Café ahead of the All Stars Vodafone awards. Republic of Loose perform live.
Fair City celebrates its 2,000th episode on November 30th. Barry aka Patrick David Nolan, Jo aka Rachel Sarah Murphy and Heather aka Una Kavanagh reveal what it's like working on Ireland's popular soap.
Barry is one of the oldest characters on Fair City while Heather and Jo have a complicated connection. Jo's baby Benjamin is really the love child of Heather's husband Dr Brendan and Deirdre.
Fair City first aired on September 18th , 1989 with one episode a week and for a limited run - 16 weeks. It was originally based around four households: The O'Hanlons, The Kellys, The Clarkes, and The Corcorans.
Initially the exterior shots were recorded in the Barron Place area of Drumcondra in Dublin, where residents were politely asked to stay indoors during shooting and many locals took roles as extras. After two years, Carrigstown was relocated to RTÉ.
Some of Fair City most memorable storylines include:
1. The killing of evil Billy Meehan by Lorcan.
2. Helen leaving Mike at the altar to run away with Paul.
3. Jimmy and Lorraine's tumultuous relationship, their subsequent wedding and Lorraine's death on their honeymoon.
4. Barry's breakdown.
5. Ireland's first on-screen gay kiss between Eoghan and Liam in 1996.
6. The death of toddler Jessica swallowing an ecstasy tablet dropped by her babysitter's boyfriend Ross. Father Harry avenges Jessica's death by murdering Ross. Afterwards he commits suicide in prison.
7. Gabriel Udenze is killed in a house fire set by racists Pete and Morgan after they waged a terror campaign against the Udenze family.
Kerry footballers Kieran Donaghy and Aidan O'Mahony played on the winning All Ireland Football 2006 team against Mayo and were named on the Gaelic Team of the Year by the Gaelic Players Association.
Nicknamed "Star" and 6ft 5", Kieran was a basketball player for the Tralee Tigers. He switched to Gaelic in 2005 after taking part in the TV show 'Underdogs'.
Starting in midfield, he converted to full forward and is probably the best man playing in his position at the moment. He played a key role in Kerry's drubbing of Mayo in the All Ireland, creating Kerry's first goal and then scoring one.
A Garda by day and man of the match in the All Ireland final, Aidan debuted for the Kerry senior football team in 2004.
He played in the international rules series where he was amazing in the first test but got sin binned in the second.
The Republic of Loose
Republic of Loose perform their new single 'The Idiots' live on The Café.
The band has just released a Special Edition of their album 'AAAGH'. It's a two disc package including a CD with the album's two B-sides and five tracks live at Oxegen '06. The second disc is a DVD featuring a short film about the band plus their stunning performance at Oxegen '06.
Following considerable airplay on two of America's biggest radio stations KCRW and Indie 103, Republic of Loose are just back from the States after a series of gigs in New York and LA.
Brothers Michael Pyro and guitarist Dave Pyro joined forces with drummer Coz Noleon, guitarist Brez and bassist Benjamin Loose to form one of Ireland's most interesting bands - The Republic of Loose.
ROL is known for its own brand of funky, bluesy, gospel music with hits like 'Come Back Girl' and 'You Know It'.
Irish music critics have labelled their sound as "dirty, Dublin delta blues". The band has had two critically acclaimed albums 'This is the Tomb of the Juice' and 'AAAGH'.
The band is best known for their fantastic live performances. As well as headlining gigs around the country, they have supported the likes of Fun Lovin' Criminals, The Roots, Scissor Sisters, Snow Patrol and Alabama 3.