Monday 11 December 2017

Bosco shows new friends he hasn't lost old magic

Eoghan MacConnell

HE hasn't had a haircut or new outfit in decades. But the scores of children who were yesterday introduced to Bosco for the first time didn't mind his scruffy appearance.

Young and old were enthralled by Bosco's performance at the Rehab Waterways Adventure in Lough Boora Parklands in Co Offaly.

And the country's most popular puppet hasn't ruled out a return to the small screen.

"TV3 recently did a programme called 'Bring Back Bosco' and they got a huge reaction to it," Bosco said. "Nobody has approached me about it but I am open to suggestions."

More than three decades have passed since Bosco first graced Ireland's TV screens on June 4, 1979. The show ran on RTE until 1996 but Bosco still retains a trans-generational appeal.

Aisling Cahill was amazed that her children, 19-month-old Holly and James (2), were so taken with their first introduction to the puppet.

"James loved it, I mean he really loved it," she said.

"I'm surprised he wasn't afraid. I didn't think he would go down as well with the kids as he would with the adults, but he did."

Recalling her memories of Bosco, Aisling said: "I remember Bosco well, and the thrill when he finally went down to his bedroom and we got to see it."

She would like to see Bosco make a return. "I hope so. It's not often they get to see a live puppet."

Una McDermott, from Edenderry, attended the performance with her husband Robert and their two girls, Ellen (9) and Tara (7).

"I got a secret enjoyment out of it. It is really nostalgic; Bosco sounded exactly the same," Una said.

Although neither of the girls had seen Bosco before, "they really liked it".

When asked should Bosco return to our screens, Una said: "I think touring around the country would be lovely."

Organisers of 'Unlock the Adventure at Lough Boora' estimate that 1,000 people attended the event.

Irish Independent

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