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Marty Morrissey in his one off role as "Ulick" in John B Keane,s "Moll" at the Gaiety Theatre

Marty Morrissey in his one off role as "Ulick" in John B Keane,s "Moll" at the Gaiety Theatre

Marty Morrissey in his one off role as "Ulick" in John B Keane,s "Moll" at the Gaiety Theatre

Sports broadcaster Marty Morrissey took to the stage last night for a special one-night-only appearance.

The RTE showman insisted he "wasn't nervous" about his part in Moll at the Gaiety Theatre as he only had one line.

Marty told the Herald he leapt at the opportunity to play Ulick in the famous John B Keane play and saw the role as "a nice challenge".

He was asked to appear in the play due to his radio show's coverage of the production.

The comedy also stars former Glenroe actor Mary McEvoy and Frank Kelly of Fr Ted fame.

"To work with Mary McEvoy, Des Keogh and Frank Kelly, ah how could anybody refuse," said Marty. "One line is enough though!"

Marty said that the show had an added pull to it as he had met and interviewed John B Keane "many times" in the past.

"His son Billy and I went to college together, so to do something like this is of added significance for me and I'm delighted," he said.

"Billy sent me a text to wish me the best of luck, break a leg."

Marty was put through a series of rehearsals in preparation for the role, which saw him play a simpleton farmer with a rather bad scratching habit.

The character is the new-found love of Mary McEvoy's character who has wanted to marry a rich farmer all her life.

"I'm not [a rich farmer] by the way," Marty quipped. "But I do have four cows and a bull!"

The GAA presenter - who has been presenting an afternoon show on Radio One before Ray D'Arcy takes on the slot next week - says he doubts he'll pursue a career in acting, but didn't completely rule it out.

"I wouldn't think so, but life is about opportunities.

"I never ever thought I would be on the stage in the Gaiety. I'm so privileged and delighted to be, so who knows."

Herald

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