Saturday 23 March 2019

Saoirse Ronan's dad Paul plays matchmaker on return to Fair City

Paul Ronan
Paul Ronan

Sean O'Grady

Saoirse Ronan's dad, Paul Ronan, returns to the cobbles of Carrigstown tonight.

The actor, who plays Anto Collins on the soap, will be back - and playing matchmaker.

Erica (Roxanna Nic Liam) has been working at the salon that Anto's wife owns for the last while and Doug (Wesley Doyle) ends up getting roped into helping her out when she messes up at work.

When Anto strolls in, Erica ends up pretending to him that she and Doug are a couple.

While she thinks he is in on the joke, he is actually smitten with her and would like to be more than friends.

She tells Doug to duck under the counter and hide when Anto walks in.

"Everything all right?" he asks her. "It seems there's a man hiding behind the counter."

Erica tells Anto they were kissing and Anto warns them to not let his wife Sharon catch them "necking on the job".

They apologise to Anto and give each other a kiss before Doug, calling her "sweetheart", quickly makes his exit.

Doug covers his disappointment when Erica eventually admits to Anto that they're just friends.

He later lies to Anto and tells him that he is fine just being friends. However, Anto seems to think the pair have potential and encourages Doug to try and win Erica over for real.

Paul made his debut in Carrigstown in March as the father of Hayley, with her mum Sharon introduced shortly afterward.

His appearance came days after daughter Saoirse lost out on the Oscar for Best Actress.

Fair City airs tonight at 8pm on RTE One


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