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Tuesday 25 July 2017

Wogan and the mob laugh their heads off as 'Charles' loses his

Marie Madden

HE may be used to cutting down Eurovision hopefuls with his ascerbic wit but Terry Wogan got more than he bargained for when he witnessed a chopping of another kind yesterday.

Galway city returned to medieval times as screams of "Off with his head" rang out through the city centre, and a procession of masked guards and henchmen marched their way through Cross Street to an execution stage outside the King's Head Bar.

But rather than baying for Wogan's blood, the veteran TV presenter had simply stumbled upon a re-enactment of the beheading of King Charles I.

The historical event saw onlookers witness the drama of a medieval execution, which was held outside the 800-year-old premises, formerly home to Cromwell's most loyal and trusted henchmen, Col Peter Stubbers. It is believed that he was among two masked men who carried out the execution of King Charles I.



Payment

While Col Stubbers had lived at 15 High Street, his neighbour to the rear was a man called Richard Gunning. The belief once was that Gunning was given the property as payment for his part in the execution -- giving the venue its 'King's Head' moniker.

The veteran presenter joined the crowd in laughter as a cast of 20 took part in the Rod Goodall-directed production.

The broadcasting legend was in town to record scenes for a new two-part BBC documentary, which will be screened later this year.

Irish Independent

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