Wednesday 28 September 2016

'Ireland has two new O'Donovan brothers' - Things we learned from first ever Googlebox Ireland

Published 22/09/2016 | 18:47

The Tully twins
The Tully twins
Szymon and Aga are originally from Poland and living in Ireland.

Meet Cavan twins Fergal and Neil Tully, the new Gogglebox Ireland stars. These two funnymen are destined to become Ireland's new O'Donovan brothers, according to predictions on social media.

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The twins brought smiles to Irish households tonight when they gave their thoughts on America’s Got Talent.

It was just like Britain's Got Talent, “only shit”.

They also discussed the best type of tea-dipping biscuit. Jaffa cakes just don’t cut it, said one to the other. Ginger nuts, ginger nuts are king, he reckons.

TV3's Gogglebox Ireland, which is narrated by comedians Deirdre O’Kane and Rory Cowan, takes place in ten houses across Dublin, Kildare, Cavan, Cork, Navan, Wicklow and Limerick.

Tonight’s show opened to to one of Ireland’s longest running features on TV – the Angelus.

Did you know that the Angeles contains a total of 18 bongs? So say retired friends Eileen and Angela from Castleknock in Dublin.

While at another home in the Liberties in Dublin, Anita speculated that her best friend Tracie’s dog Kenny ‘Dogleash’ was barking throughout because he was a “Church of Ireland dog”.

What do young women think of RTE's GAA comentator Marty Morrissey these days? Well, according to the Cabra girls and best pals Jamie, Lindsay, Ashley and Grainne, he looks like “John Travolta in Saturday Night Fever.”

Meanwhile, Paul Healy Roberts fawned over RTE news anchor Sharon Ní Bheoláin.

“I love her hairstyle.”

The final instalment of Gerard Barrett’s Smalltown triggered an emotional response from young Danielle Grufferty who found it difficult to watch one of the scenes without being moved to tears.

“You’re emotional… like your father,” her mother Laura said.

In Athy, Co Kildare, 12-year-old Danielle confused Big Band music for Opera but she showed her parents Laura and Des up when she was able to inform them one of the acts was covering a One Direction song!

The Ten Gogglebox Ireland households revealed so far:

1. Cabra girls and best pals Jamie, Lindsay, Ashley and Grainne. All four Dubliners are reality TV addicts and their ideal Friday night involves the sofa, the telly, a gossip session and copious amounts of white wine. 

2. Szymon and Aga, originally from Poland but now living in Tallaght. The pair have been best friends since they met in college 16 years ago. Aga moved to Ireland from Poland in 2004, having completed her Masters Degree in Environmental Protection Science and went on to receive her PHD at UCD, while Simon arrived in 2007 to celebrate Halloween. He fell in love with the country and never left.

3. The Gruffertys from County Kildare. Mum Laura and dad Des met 14 years ago when Des walked into Laura’s hairdressers for a trim and came out with her phone number! A house, wedding and four kids later, they’re happily settled in their hometown of Athy. Laura and Des are joined on the couch by their 12-year-old daughter, Danielle.

4. Identical twins, Fergal and Neal Tully, who grew up on a farm in rural Cavan along with their three other brothers. They live a stone’s throw of one another and claim to chat with each other more than to their own wives.  Although they rarely see eye to eye, the pair have never had an argument in their entire lives. Neal is envious of Fergal’s Sky Sports package as a lot of viewing in his house revolves around ‘Dance Moms’ and ‘Don’t Tell The Bride’.

5. Angela and Eileen from Castleknock. They met at the local retirement club in the area. Eileen spotted newcomer Angela, offered her a seat beside her and the rest is history. Dubliner Angela has won two awards for public speaking. Eileen is originally from Kilkenny and spent most of her life as a Children’s and Psychiatric nurse.

6. The Adenugas moved to Navan in 2004 and quickly settled into the Meath community, with Mum Yemi becoming one of the most prominent female figures in African-Irish society. After a long career in broadcasting in her native Nigeria, she is now involved with the National Women's Council, Cultúr Migrants Centre and the African Women’s Development Initiative. Dad Deji is a renowned Nollywood actor, splitting his time between Ireland and movie sets in Nigeria. When he's not on stage or screen, he loves to travel and says Dubai is his all-time favourite place. His kids are his pride and joy.

Deji and Yemi's love story began in 1985 when he spotted her at choir practice in their church. Opinionated oldest daughter Loretta got married last year in a traditional ceremony in Nigeria. Now living in Drogheda with her husband, she still can’t get enough of her mam’s cooking and comes to her family home every evening after work for dinner. Junior Cert student Aishling is a MASSIVE fan of One Direction.

7. Despite an age gap of over twenty years, the two Pauls get on famously. Paul Healy Roberts calls into Paul Roche’s house about three times a week for a catch up and to watch a bit of telly. Paul Healy Roberts is a massive Vincent Browne fan and tends to stick to the terrestrial channels for his viewing. Paul Roche’s favourite shows are sitcoms, such as ‘The Big Bang Theory’, and a lot of David Attenborough. Together they enjoy The X Factor and talent shows.

8. The Naughtons have a very close father-daughter relationship. Dad Declan enjoys theatre and was chair of the local Am Dram group for several years. Declan is also a big GAA fan and a devoted Galway supporter. Eldest daughter Sheila is in her final year at Trinity, studying Drama. Alice, the youngest, has just finished her Leaving Cert and, while she does enjoy drama like her Dad and sister, music and art are where her talents lie.

9. Tracie and Anita grew up together in The Liberties, Dublin - their mothers were best friends and now their children are best friends. The two holiday together all the time, either heading to a mobile home in Donabate or taking an occasional trip to Spain.

10. The Ryans - Single Mum Eva and her two sons James and Alex live in Monaleen, Limerick. Although they have a very close relationship, she likes to mortify them at every possible opportunity. In the winter, the family has ‘Sunday at the Movies’ where they sit down together and watch a film. Eva loves US political shows like ‘The West Wing’, James is a big David Attenborough fan, Alex likes ‘Sherlock’ and ‘Fargo’ and they all enjoy ‘The X Factor’ on a Saturday night.

‘Gogglebox Ireland’ airs every Thursday at 9.30pm on TV3

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