Sunday 25 September 2016

Panto performance lands Alan Hughes a spot on TG4’s Ros Na Rún

Published 24/01/2016 | 16:12

Alan Hughes
Alan Hughes

Panto king Alan Hughes is no stranger to the stage but is getting set to turn his sights to another project as he prepares to make his soap opera debut.

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The TV3 presenter has landed a role in Irish soap Ros Na Rún as part of a new segment on Ireland AM in which he is challenging himself.

Relaxed feel: Alan Hughes (middle) as Sammy Sausages in Beauty and the Beast at The Tivoli
Relaxed feel: Alan Hughes (middle) as Sammy Sausages in Beauty and the Beast at The Tivoli

Despite admitting that his relationship with the Irish language is “atrocious”, the star will get behind the cameras on the set of the soap.

“I am going down to Connemara in a few weeks’ time to appear on Ros Na Rún,” Alan told RSVP magazine.

“I never did Irish in school and my Irish is atrocious so the challenge is that I would have a part on the show speaking fluently.”

“We are going down to film that on February, 15 so that is very soon,” he said.

Hughes is fresh from a busy few weeks starring in his annual pantomime in which he plays Sammy Sausages.

The panto, which was held in the Tivoli Theatre, was run by the production company owned by Hughes and his partner Karl Broderick.

Alan Hughes pops the question to partner Karl Broderick on Ireland AM. Picture: Brian McEvoy
Alan Hughes pops the question to partner Karl Broderick on Ireland AM. Picture: Brian McEvoy
Alan Hughes pops the question to partner Karl Broderick on Ireland AM. Picture: Brian McEvoy
Loving couple: Karl Broderick (left) and Alan Hughes. Photo: Tony Gavin.

This year the company generated €994,432, €60,000 more than last year.

The company’s success isn’t the only thing that Hughes and Broderick are celebrating in 2016, as the couple are due to tie the knot this year following a public proposal on TV3.

The pair, who already celebrated their civil union four years ago and will officially wed following the legislation passed to allow same sex couples to marry in Ireland.

"I can’t see why anybody wouldn’t want that on a piece of paper – to see that they’re legally married on a piece of paper – not civil partnered."

The TV3 presenter was slightly distracted from the euphoria of his engagement when he became embroiled in a spat with comedian Oliver Callan in the autumn, who he labelled a “bitter old queen” for criticising his proposal.

Callan continued the battle by quipping: "I did find it odd however to be called 'old' by someone who is more than 20 years my senior and looks like he slept in formaldyhyde."

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