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Sunday 26 May 2019

Jedward follow young Irish with Oz tour


By Ken Sweeney, Entertainment Editor

POP twins Jedward look set to follow tens of thousands of Irish young people by going Down Under to find work.

John and Edward Grimes have revealed plans to tour Australian cities this November thanks to the growing numbers of expats in the southern hemisphere.

Jedward first visited Australia in May, and are now planning a second promotional trip next month ahead of their winter tour.

“Because of the growing numbers of young Irish in Australia, we're having to look at playing bigger and bigger venues to get everybody in,” John told the Herald.

With their haircuts reminding homesick Irish of home, the brothers are also being embraced by Australians.

“The first place that Irish bands like The Corrs, and the Furey Brothers with Sweet Sixteen, went to number one outside Ireland was in Australia. We are following in that tradition and the Aussies love us,” said Edward.

The Dublin brothers plan to travel using Irish passports, but say new ‘rebel passports', which they were presented with by Lord Mayor of Cork Catherine Clancy as part of Cork Rebel Week, could come in handy, too.

They now follow Taoiseach Enda Kenny, as well as Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip, as “honourary” Corkonians and plan to show off their red passports at a show at |the Neptune Stadium in Cork, on July 26.

Jedward are confident they can connect with a more mature audience after winning the crowd over at the Night For Christy fundraiser gig for Christy Dignam last month.

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