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Film star’s shorts have pride of place in home of Clare farmer, 78

A 78-year-old Clare farmer who won a coveted framed pair of O’Neill’s shorts signed by actor, Paul Mescal has admitted he never watched ‘Normal People’. The TV breakout hit of 2020 made Paul Mescal a global star but west Clare man Noel Ryan admitted, “I didn’t even look at it,” when asked did he see the actor in it. Mr Ryan made his comment after Cooraclare GAA club confirmed that hen had the winning ticket for the signed shorts that were raffled as part of a fundraising drive for the club. He did however say he is “delighted” to have won the shorts and they now have pride of place at his Cooraclare home. The O’Neills shorts contain the dedication penned by Mescal ‘to the Normal People of Cooraclare’. The Kildare man has close family links to the west Clare village and his celebrity status has proven to be a winner for Cooraclare GAA which has raised €10,000 for much-needed …

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Movie star’s shorts a shot in the arm for Clare GAA club raffle

ONE of the most famous items of clothing in the country has found its way into the hands of a Clare GAA club as the prize in a fundraising raffle, writes Gordon Deegan. Star of hit drama Normal People Paul Mescal has donated a signed pair of his iconic O’Neill’s GAA shorts to Cooraclare GAA club to help it raise €20,000 in a €10 raffle. Mescal, who set a few hearts racing when lining out in the shorts for sports scenes of the hit show last year has signed the shorts with the dedication ‘to the Normal People of Cooraclare’. You can win a signed pair of Paul Mescal's iconic G.A.A. shorts if you enter our prize draw. All proceeds go to the Club and tickets start at 10 Euro https://t.co/UIMNOSbLWG #PaulMescal #GAA @PaulMescalNews @mescal_paul and @GaaClare pic.twitter.com/CjndJeifGk — Cooraclare Gaa (@CooraclareGaa) October 7, 2021 The actor has close family links to the west Clare village. Paul’s father, Paul Snr was born in …

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Comment: Covid doesn’t take a holiday

WE REALLY need a break. The last four and a half months, since the pandemic was declared, have taken a huge toll. With the possible exception of the Emmy-nominated actor, Paul Mescal – a man with West Clare ties, and for whom the last year has seen his star rise and rise – most of us would prefer to write off 2020. We have suffered grief and loss. We are struggling with terrible uncertainty about the future. Every single one of us has made heroic sacrifices and now fatigue is setting in. We are battle-weary. The sun is shining (occasionally) and there’s a lot of steam to be let off after our spring-time lockdown. Wouldn’t it be great to forget about everything, just for a while? It would be a big relief to pretend that Covid-19 never happened. That it isn’t happening. That it’s okay to go back to our old familiar ways – our cosy chats in close contact …

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West Clare Sparks Love of Acting for ‘Normal People’ Star

TO SAY that actor Paul Mescal has been “slightly busy” lately would be something of an understatement. While he may be under lock-down with his fellow Londoners at the moment, and a long way from Cree, where his father’s family hail from, this week has seen him basking in the glow of critical and popular acclaim for his lead role in the TV adaptation of novel ‘Normal People’. Playing the part of Connell, opposite Daisy Edgar-Jones as Marianne, Paul portrays a young man struggling with the highs and lows of first love, against a background of social snobbery, peer pressure and the transition to adult life. His powerful performance has earned the twenty-four year-old plaudits from heavy weight critics nationally and internationally, and tipped the Maynooth native for greater things. Paul told The Champion that the last 48 hours have been “absolutely mad”. “It’s been a bit bananas,” he said, of the buzz around the first episodes in the 12-part …

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Hit TV Show Lead Has West Clare Connections

RAVE reviews are being savoured by a young actor with strong Clare links, after a massively positive response to the series ‘Normal People’, directed by Oscar-nominee Lenny Abrahamson. Twenty-four year-old Paul Mescal, whose dad hails from Cree, plays Connell in the small-screen adaptation of the Booker-prize long-listed novel by Sally Rooney. His performance, alongside Daisy Edgar-Jones as Marianne, has been receiving critical and popular acclaim since the series opened this week on BBC, RTÉ and streaming service Hulu. Paul’s extended family in Cree have theatre in the blood with a big connection to the vibrant West Clare drama circuit. “My dad Paul grew up in Cree, the son of Michael and Mairéad, and we would have gotten back down to West Clare on lots of holidays over the years,” Paul told The Champion. The young actor, who grew up in Maynooth, County Kildare, lists Spanish Point as one of his favourite destinations and is hoping that once the lock-down eases, …

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