Friday 30 September 2016

Irish in Los Angeles... from Robbie Keane to Colin Farrell

Pat Fitzpatrick

Published 10/08/2015 | 02:30

Robbie Keane
Robbie Keane
Colin Farrell
Nadia Forde
Conor McGregor
Caroline Morahan

As Liadan Hynes talks to Ruth O'Neill about her time in LA, we look at other Irish people making waves in the City of Angels

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1 Robbie Keane

Robbie still comes home to help Ireland out in the big Internationals. He's not the only one who flies into Dublin convinced he's going to score, says you, fending off the attentions of Big Lee from Sheffield, down in Temple Bar. While Robbie hobnobs with the Beckhams in LA, his old pal Damien Duff has signed for Shamrock Rovers. It's fair to say the Beckhams won't be paying him a visit in that part of Dublin. They wouldn't want some future child asking, "Tell me again why you called me The Red Cow?"

2 Colin Farrell

He is the talk of the town this summer after his appearance on Series Two of HBO crime show, True Detective. Here is how the conversation goes. "Come here, did you see Colin Farrell in True Detective? "No, but I'm pretending I did, because everyone is talking about it. I mainly just watch reruns of Don't Tell the Bride on BBC Three now." "Me too. What do you say when people ask about Colin in True Detective?" "Tour de force." "That's what I say too. I love that phrase."

3 Nadia Forde

She charted her attempt to forge a singing career in her documentary Nadia Goes To Hollywood. Is there a chance she might have gone to the wrong town? Will she chart her attempt to break into movies with a show called Nadia Goes to Nashville? Anyway, as you can imagine, her peers here were all cheering her on. Young, ambitious models might have their faults, but no could ever accuse them of bitchiness or jealousy. Not in public, anyway.

4 Conor McGregor

The Notorious spent time in LA in the build-up to his recent fight with Chad Mendes. Judging by his Twitter feed, he managed to squeeze a lot in. He always manages to squeeze a lot in, says you, unable to take your eyes off his skimpy shorts. All the talk now is that Conor is eyeing up a fight in Croke Park. Seems like a good move. There is a huge appetite to watch guys belting the tar out of each other in the middle of a large pitch. Or, as we call it locally, Gaelic football.

5 Caroline Morahan

Caroline moved to LA, worried she would be typecast as an actress here following her role on Off the Rails. That was a good move. You can imagine the phone calls if she stayed. "Hey Caroline, I'm shooting a new movie that might be of interest to you." "Does it feature a dark-haired lady talking to another lady in the grounds of a country house in Wicklow, while a smiling model stands alongside them, wearing an elegant two-piece?" "How did you guess!!?"

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