Fair City's hour-long 30th anniversary special episode was the most watched soap in Ireland last night.

The drama-filled episode, which saw the return of Ciarán Holloway as well as a shocking attack on Barry O'Hanlon, attracted an audience share of 31.1%, with 358,500 viewers. 

The episode reached 503,000 people in total between RTÉ One and RTÉ One +1.

The hour-long show was also a talking-point on social media as it aired, trending at number one on Twitter.  

Fair City celebrated 30 years with a special hour-long episode

Brigie de Courcy, Executive Producer, Fair City, said: "Fair City is a huge team effort and so very many people have been involved over all of the years and the 30th anniversary really is a collective celebration of all that work.

"It's a production that supports and nourishes talent in Ireland, both behind of and in front of the cameras, and has moved with the times to showcase how people across the country can resonate with the trials and tribulations of a community in a Dublin suburb.

"I would like to thank everyone involved in Fair City down through the years, and our audience for all of their continued support."

During the episode, kidnapper Ciarán Holloway (Johnny Ward) returned to Carrigstown, only to find himself face to face with Barry (Pat Nolan), who had just been attacked by a mystery assailant.

Viewers will find out in the coming days and weeks what Ciarán's motive for returning to Carrigstown is. 

The hour-long special is now available to watch on the RTÉ Player.

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