Sunday 22 April 2018

Former Bosco presenter says Jimmy MacCarthy's dad wrote 'racy letters' that 'disgusted and frightened' his mother

Clare Cullen

Clare Cullen

A former Bosco presenter went on the Anton Savage show to share his close celebrity encounter story.

Former Bosco presenter Peter Fitzgerald has appeared on the Anton Savage show to talk about Jimmy McCarthy father's "racy love letters" to his mother.

As part of a series on celebrity meetings, he text into the show to say that he is often being mistaken for the Irish singer/songwriter, but that they're friends and they have an unusual history.

He told Anton that McCarthy had "hit on" his wife, years before he met her. Not only that, but he later found out that McCarthy's late father had written "racy" letters to his mother.

"Jimmy's father wrote letters which disgusted my mother and frightened the bejaysus out of her!"

"She was a protected individual from a milling family!"

He told Anton that he had met MacCarthy in a recording studio, back when he worked as a voiceover actor. MacCarthy had just finished recording with Mary Black.

"We exchanged niceties and we discovered we had some heritage together... I told my mother and she (told me about his father)".

Fitzgerald told Anton that he still sometimes gets recognised from his Bosco days, but people are often unsure where exactly they know him from.

"I'm in my early fifties now.... I ham it up. I tell them, 'I used to know you when you were four'".

He told Anton that while men pretend that they've never watched Bosco when he reveals his past, the ladies are more excited to meet their childhood TV hero.

"The girls scream and call their friends".

Jimmy McCarthy is an Irish singer-songwriter, perhaps best known for his song 'Ride On', recorded by Christy Moore.

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