Wednesday 21 August 2019

'We have a gay Taoiseach, it's not that long ago that we weren't allowed to be left handed' - Tommy Tiernan on Late Late

Tommy Tiernan on last night's Late Late Show. Photo: RTE
Tommy Tiernan on last night's Late Late Show. Photo: RTE
Geraldine Gittens

Geraldine Gittens

Irish comedian Tommy Tiernan went down a storm on last night's Late Late Show when he offered his thoughts on "how far" Ireland has come.

The Navan (48) funnyman said that though people might think Ireland is a conservative country, we have proved otherwise now that we have a gay Toaiseach, Leo Varadkar, in office.

“What an amazing country. People think Ireland is so conservative. We have a gay Taoiseach. It’s not that long ago here, we weren’t allowed to be left-handed,” he said.

Tiernan, a columnist with 'Life' magazine with the Sunday Independent, said that he is now a practising Catholic because it rewards his heart.

Presenter Ryan Tubridy asked: "Every Sunday?"

"Once or twice a year," he said, laughing.

But he explained: “We were born with an imagination, and you can’t live without it. There is no way human beings can live unimaginatively in the world, like the way animals can. Animals have emotions but they don’t have the imagination.”

“So we’re burdened with it. So you have to choose a path that rewards you the most. Even though you know it’s an enchantment of sorts, you choose a path, and for me, right now, this particular moment in time, it’s Catholicism.”

“My heart gets so rewarded, so I feel like it’s a bountiful, proper place for me. Once or twice a year. I would go to mass and go to churches a lot and listen to rosaries but I would not be someone who would ever tell anybody else how to live.”

“It’s hard enough being me and being alive. Everyone needs space and what you do with that space is up to you,” he said.

When Ryan Tubridy offered that Catholicism is working for Tiernan, he replied: “I wouldn’t even describe it as working. It’s soulful, it’s good.”

Tiernan will return to the theatre after 20 years in January in the Druid production of Sive by John B Keane at the Gaiety Theatre in Dublin.

The major production will run from January 30 to March 3.

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