Sunday 18 August 2019

'Surprise twist in store' as Fair City star Clelia Murphy finally bows out of soap

Fair City Niamh and Marcus
Fair City Niamh and Marcus
Melanie Finn

Melanie Finn

Clelia Murphy will finally bow out of Fair City this week after 22 years playing feisty Niamh Brennan.

Although RTE is keeping her final scenes under wraps for now, fans have been promised there's a "surprise twist in store" for Niamh's long-time on/off lover Paul Brennan (Tony Tormey).

Clelia (41) filmed her last scenes about seven weeks ago, and viewers will see her finally exiting the show later this week.

There are suggestions that her character may be quitting Carrigstown for far-flung destinations.

Clelia Murphy
Clelia Murphy

Last night's episode saw her meeting Marcus in the park.

When she questioned why he was back in town, having locked lips with him last March, the businessman, played by Luke Pierucci, eventually admitted after meeting her again in McCoy's pub that the real reason he came back was for her - and made a tempting offer that she can't refuse.

Marcus said he was closing a deal on a chain of hotels in the paradise island of Fiji in the South Pacific and he wants her to come and work with him, leaving her considering her future.

One of the longest-serving cast members in the hit RTE soap, Clelia confirmed she was leaving the show last month.

A spokesperson said she will be "greatly missed" but didn't rule out a possible return at some stage in the future.

Although Clelia declined to say what her next project would be, she has been named as one of the celebrity names taking part in the next season of Dancing With The Stars.

Speaking about her lengthy time on Fair City, she said she's been "lucky enough" to have been part of the soap's most exciting and challenging storylines.

She said her "fondest and proudest moment" was starring opposite Tormey in the soap's first two-hander episode earlier this year.

It saw a blazing row erupting between Niamh and Paul after months of lies, deceit and cheating.

The episode culminated in the break-out of a fire in Carrigstown.

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