Thursday 19 April 2018

The Carlow teacher who wanted George Clooney to quieten down

The Oscar-nominated 'Granny O'Grimm' creator Kathleen O'Rourke is in Hollywood preparing to walk the red carpet with the stars, writes Deirdre Mulrooney

Kathleen O'Rourke must be the unlikeliest candidate to be hob-nobbing with the stars at tomorrow's Oscar ceremony in Hollywood. The 30-year-old junior-infants teacher turned comedian from Carlow will be on the red carpet, sparkling in diamonds worth a six-figure sum and a designer frock by Su Yung, courtesy of her ingenious comedic creation, Granny O'Grimm.

She'll also be hoping to run into George Clooney again, with whom she made sure to get her picture taken at the Oscar Nominee lunch last month.

Nominated for an Oscar in the Best Animated Short Film category, 'Granny O'Grimm's Sleeping Beauty' -- which was written, voiced, and created from an original idea by Kathleen O'Rourke -- tells the story of a seemingly sweet old lady who terrifies her grand-daughter with her dark version of the Sleeping Beauty tale.

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