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Revealed - funnywoman Joanne McNally set to replace Jen Maguire on The Republic of Telly

Published 07/10/2015 | 19:04

Joanne McNally. Photo: Patrick Bolger
Joanne McNally. Photo: Patrick Bolger

Stand up comedian Joanne McNally is to step into new mum Jennifer Maguire's shoes.

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McNally is best known for touring the country with PJ Gallagher as part of acclaimed stage show “Separated at Birth”.

Joanne McNally. Photo: Patrick Bolger
Joanne McNally. Photo: Patrick Bolger

Filming for the upcoming series of Republic has already commenced and the producers have thrown Joanne in the deep end.

“I’ve already been painted bright green and squished into various wigs and uncomfortable situations,” she said.

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Vodafone comedy festival

Earlier this year, Jennifer Maguire announced she was leaving the flagship show after seven years.

“The show is back but I won’t be back,” she said at the time.

Kevin McGahern alongside Jennifer Maguire and Bernard O'Shea
Kevin McGahern alongside Jennifer Maguire and Bernard O'Shea

“I’ve done it for seven years. It was very hard to say it, it was a very tough decision but I won’t be back for this season.”

Instead, new mum Jennifer and comedian Bernard O’Shea are working on spin off series Bridget and Eamon which follows the “quintessential Irish couple”.

Republic of Telly's Kevin McGahern and Jennifer Maguire pictured at the launch of the new RTE Television schedules for Autumn/Winter 2013/14 at RTE, Donnybrook. Picture Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.
Republic of Telly's Kevin McGahern and Jennifer Maguire pictured at the launch of the new RTE Television schedules for Autumn/Winter 2013/14 at RTE, Donnybrook. Picture Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.

Kevin MaGahern will return as Republic of Telly host and promises the series will be as entertaining as ever.

In the first episode, which airs on October 19, Joanne McNally takes on the role of Agent Starling in a pastiche of Silence of the Lambs entitled Silence of the Buns.

Joanne has previously appeared in short films and stage shows including Singlehood and The Commute.

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