Monday 24 July 2017

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

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

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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