Monday 26 September 2016

'Simply amazing' - Viewers blown away by Fair City actress Aisling O’Neill's harrowing scenes on child abuse

Geraldine Gittens

Published 08/08/2016 | 17:51

Fair City’s Aisling O’Neill has been widely praised for her powerful performance on last night’s show where she tackled a difficult storyline on child abuse.

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Aisling, who plays long-time Carrigstown resident Carol, enthralled viewers with her spine-tingling revelation of how she was abused by her Dad’s friend when she was 11 years of age.

Carol, finally forced to confront her past after her Dad Trigger Foley arrived in Carrigstown, opens up to her loving fiancé Robbie in one of Fair City’s most harrowing scenes.

“I want to talk to you about this. I just don’t know if I can. It’s hard,” Carol told Robbie.

“I was 11, a child. Trigger hung around with the worst of the worst. One fella in particular, uncle Mika, Mika Hendricks… He wasn’t a real uncle.”

“One night I got up to go to the loo and I walked in and saw Trigger injecting me Ma. I screamed at him to leave her alone and he pointed the needle at me, threatened to stab me.”

“I ran back to me room and I pushed the bed up against the door. She was never a mother to us after that. She never protected her kids from the beatings, worse.”

“We lived in constant fear.”

Carol remembered how the abuse started after Mika gave her a stonewashed denim jacket and expected something in return.

“I remember him saying to me, ‘where’s my hug?’, and I had to hug him. The stink off him.”

“I was scared. I was only 11. He said he’d kill Denise if I told anyone.”

Last night's episode, repeated earlier today on RTE1 and now available on RTE Player, has been praised on Twitter over the last 24 hours.

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