Ah, go on ... sure I've never been happier myself
Pauline McLynn has never been happier. The actress who immortalised Mrs Doyle in the 'Fr Ted' sitcom spoke yesterday about her husband -- and, well, how happy she is.
To put it in Mrs Doyle parlance, her marriage to comedy booker Richard Cook is set to go on and on and on and on and on . . .
The 49-year-old was at the centre of a media storm last year after untrue rumours that the couple's 15-year-old marriage was in trouble surfaced on the internet.
But the actress spoke last night to confirm that she remained "happily married" to comedy agent Richard Cook.
"You can print this. We're great. I am happily married, and very happy.
"There are times when I'm away a lot, and Richard travels a lot as well. So there are long periods where we don't see one another. But we're very happy. We've even adopted two cats. That's how great things are," Pauline McLynn told the Irish Independent as she posed with co-star Deirdre O'Kane for the launch of the play 'Greener'.
The Sligo-born actress said she had been shocked by one picture used in the media, which appeared to show her not wearing her wedding rings.
"There was this big thing that I wasn't wearing my wedding rings but that day I had false tan on, and as any woman will tell you, that means you take off the jewellery . . . that's why the rings were off. There was a big 'why am I not wearing wedding rings' but that was the actual reason: false tan," she said.
The popular TV star said she was accustomed to the spotlight but regretted that the coverage had resulted in her family being asked for comment.
"I was worried my family would be involved because it has nothing to do with them. It had nothing to do with anyone except me really, and any attention should be on me and no one else. I think my mother was approached, somebody said something to her, and she said 'oh, for goodness sake' and walked away," she added.
The actress is now concentrating on her work, with a forthcoming book, 'Jenny Q Stitched Up', aimed at 10 to 13 year olds and the new comedy play, 'Greener', which runs at The Gaiety Theatre throughout May, and which sees her reuniting with co-star Ms O'Kane.
The actresses are once again playing neighbours Noirin and Jean, who were the focus of Fiona Looney's hit comedy 'Dandelions' six years ago. Ms Looney has now penned a follow-up which sees their lives turned upside down by a lottery win.
"My friend Lorcan Cranitch is in the cast, and he says we should call the next follow-play 'Greyer', as we're all getting that little bit older," joked Ms McLynn.
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