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Tuesday 29 July 2014

Comic plans Gathering of Graces

Laura Butler

Published 13/12/2012|05:00

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IT seems that comedian Brendan Grace doesn't share the same opinion as actor Gabriel Byrne about The Gathering.

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US-based Grace (pictured), who divides his time between Florida and Clare, has insisted that he'll be making a big effort to get involved in the initiative in 2013.

It comes after Byrne criticised the year-long celebration, where the country's diaspora are invited to come back home for a visit.

Byrne, who previously served as a cultural ambassador to the US, described the campaign as "a scam".

But funnyman Grace has expressed his support for the campaign.

"I'll be doing a Gathering of my own clan and people that I know. I've a few ideas up my sleeve," he said.

"It'll be a gathering of Graces and if I can, my mother's side of the family. My father's from Wicklow, my mother's family are from Wexford and I was born in Dublin."

The stand-up was speaking to Norah Owen on TV3's 'Midweek' last night.

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