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I'm slowly turning into Mrs Doyle, admits Pauline McLynn

Published 29/07/2013 | 12:20

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World Tiger Day, Monday 29th July
Campaign ambassador Pauline McLynn, pictured along with kitten Bumble-bee to launch a partnership between Whiskas, Irelands number 1 cat care brand and WWF, a global expert in big cat conservation, to help protect the worlds wild tigers. Through the charity activation, which is the biggest in Whiskas history, Whiskas will raise 583,000 to support WWFs global tiger conservation efforts, which aims to double the number of tigers in the wild by 2022. Pic. Robbie Reynolds

As part of the campaign, a contribution from every special pack of Whiskas sold in Ireland will go towards helping to protect a tiger for a day. 

The funds raised by Whiskas will have a particular focus on supporting the daily work of WWF in the Terai Arc region of Nepal, one of the few remaining strongholds, which is currently home to around 120 adult tigers. 

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Pauline McLynn also admits to being a bit of a crazy cat lady
Pauline McLynn as Mrs. Doyle

Father Ted actress Pauline McLynn says, as the years pass, she finds more and more similarities between herself and the iconic housekeeper she played.

"I do love tea and coffee, so I'm a bit more like her in that regard, but I'm definitely not as good at housekeeping as she is," Pauline laughs.

Pauline played the highly-strung, tea-and-cake-loving spinster in the well-loved Channel 4 series for three years.

The 51-year-old star has just finished filming Jason Byrne's upcoming BBC series Father Figure and says she was delighted to be involved in it.

"It's six episodes long. Jason is a brilliant writer and it was fantastic playing his mammy," Pauline said.

"There was a real buzz of energy around the set, and the live audience seemed to love it."

Pauline was speaking at the launch of Whiskas partnership with the WWF to help prevent the extinction of tigers. And, as a self-confessed cat lady, she says it's a cause very close to her heart.

"I've always been a bit of a crazy cat woman. I have two little tigers at home -- Brenda and Alice. I love them and think they are great."

Pauline explained: "There are less than 3,000 tigers left in the world and WWF want to double that number by 2022."

She added: "The reason they are nearly extinct is because of humans, so we should rectify that."

(The Herald)

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