'Father Ted' star's drink warning
Published 27/08/2014 | 02:30
Actor Frank Kelly has warned that behaving like one of his most famous characters is a heart attack waiting to happen.
Kelly, who played alcoholic priest Fr Jack in sitcom Father Ted, helped launch Irish Heart Month yesterday, saying "the heart can't drink like you can".
He was joined at the Irish Heart Foundation's (IHF) event to promote a new Say When Sooner campaign by heart transplant survivor and former maitre d' at the Four Seasons hotel, John Healy.
"Until I was approached about this campaign, I never thought very much about the link between stroke, heart disease and alcohol," said Kelly.
Healy suffered his first heart attack in 2007, followed by a second two years later, before finally getting a life-saving transplant in 2011.
He said he didn't realise the danger he was putting himself in before his heart attacks.
"I lived what I thought was a normal life, but I worked too much, I had a bad diet, drank alcohol, smoked cigarettes," said the reality TV personality.
It was only after he suffered his second heart attack that Healy changed his lifestyle and he thinks there needs to be more education to raise awareness.
LA-based Irish actress Caroline Morahan was also present to help promote the campaign.