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Doing it for kicks: 'It's the only way to deal with the year we've had' says Oliver Callan

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Oliver Callan photographed by David Conachy

Oliver Callan photographed by David Conachy

Oliver Callan warded off accusations of homophobia by publicly coming out on‘The Saturday Night Show’. Picture by David Conachy

Oliver Callan warded off accusations of homophobia by publicly coming out on‘The Saturday Night Show’. Picture by David Conachy

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Oliver Callan photographed by David Conachy

In a year dominated by lockdowns of two very different sentiments, the first of togetherness and fear, the second, finger-wagging judgement, Oliver Callan provided what he himself calls a "public service" by continuing to take the piss out of it all.

When Leo Varadkar assumed the gravitas of JFK to give his speech to the nation in March, Callan, almost alone amongst the chorus of praise, sighed that "the autocue fought the robot and won".


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