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Fair City's Tom Jordan moves from Dublin after 77 years as he felt 'threatened' in capital

Published 21/10/2015 | 10:10

The only two remaining members of the original cast of Fair City, Tom Jordan (Charlie Kelly) and Tony Tormey (Paul Brennan) pictured on the set of the show this afternoon to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the popular soap
Picture Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin
The only two remaining members of the original cast of Fair City, Tom Jordan (Charlie Kelly) and Tony Tormey (Paul Brennan) pictured on the set of the show this afternoon to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the popular soap Picture Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin

Veteran Fair City star Tom Jordan has revealed he chose to move from Dublin to Roscommon as he no longer felt safe in the city where he was born.

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Jordan (78), who plays popular character Charlie Kelly in the RTE soap, was born in Marino but lived in Beaumont with his wife and six children for 50 years.

However, in July the actor moved from Dublin to Co Roscommon with his wife as he had fallen out of love with the capital.

"I lived in Beaumont in Dublin from 1962 until last July when I sold my house and moved down to Lanesborough on the Shannon in Roscommon.  I love it.  I'm just two hours from Galway, which is great because I love the west of Ireland," he told Ireland's Own magazine.

He added, "I used to love Dublin city but I'm not in love with it anymore.  It's all terribly changed from when I was a young man.

"The lifestyle has changed, the manner in which people communicate is so different than in the country when you're constantly seeing your neighbours and you're talking to them, and they all know your name."

Tom revealed that it was a culmination of factors which led to his move.

"There are things that I can't do anymore.  There was a time when I could walk home from Dublin city centre any night of the week.

"I can't do that anymore.  I started to feel very threatened in the city at night time, so I just stopped going in."

However, Tom added that there are still some "very fine people" in Dublin and he has many friends there.

Tom has played Charlie in Fair City since the very first episode of the soap in 1989 but now films just 10 weeks a year.

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