Friday 30 September 2016

‘Being diagnosed with cancer puts things in perspective’- Bridget & Eamon star Edwin Sammon (38) on his brush with death

Published 29/03/2016 | 13:30

Republic of Telly star Edwin Sammon as Fr Gabriel in Republic of Telly and Bridget & Eamon
Republic of Telly star Edwin Sammon as Fr Gabriel in Republic of Telly and Bridget & Eamon

Republic of Telly star Edwin Sammon has opened up about his battle with cancer, which he said drove him to find success at RTE.

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The comedian (38) was diagnosed with cancer in 2013 and he revealed that his battle with the disease spurred his ambition to pursue a career in comedy.

“In 2013, I was diagnosed with two cancers- bowel and secondary liver cancer- so that put things in perspective. Going through the cancer treatment gave me a lot of time to think and when I got through it, I thought I’d give it a go,” she said speaking TV Now magazine.

Although Edwin was gigging prior to his diagnosis he decided to put his full time efforts into comedy after his recovery, and landed a part on RTE’s Republic of Telly.

“I moved back up to Dublin [from Offaly] and was lucky enough to get a nice apartment and got a phone call from Jason Butler, who was the producer on Republic of Telly, to ask me to play the priest on the original Bridget and Eamon, which was a segment on Republic of Telly before the series happened.”

Sammon revealed that comedy isn’t the right path for anyone who doe not deal with disappointment well.

“It’s possible to make a living if you don’t desire things or if you don’t want a mortgage, or a car or children – all of which I don’t have – but beyond that I don’t know.

“I worked in Woodies in Glasnevin for years before I left to pursue this full-time. There’s a lot to be said for a steady pay cheque”

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