Saturday 25 November 2017

Twink sketch causes a stir after all these years

Brendan O'Connor

Brendan O'Connor

YOUNG people must sometimes feel like they missed all the good stuff. Like how the hell did claims arise that Twink apparently managed to destroy the Fine Gael party by performing a short sketch at their mini Ard Fheis? The whole issue rose again when the sketch was featured in Fine Gael - A Family at War.

As it happens, I've been researching the incident for Play The Game, my forthcoming unauthorised biography of Twink, so here goes with a brief history lesson:

Twink did indeed perform a sketch at the mini FG Ard Fheis. And some of it did indeed revolve around FF's Ned O'Keeffe allegedly copping a feel off Una Claffey in the Dail bar. Even with the benefit of hindsight, historians still don't understand Ned'smotivations for that one. While conventional wisdom now dictates that the sketch was tasteless, Liam Collins's report on the incident in this newspaper at the time in fact reveals that "Mary Banotti and Alan Dukes were laughing and actually applauded sections of the sketch, Nora Owen was also smiling." But later the party would later get indignant about the sketch and its alleged sexism.

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