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Celebrity Diary: Katherine Lynch

IT'S a week later but I'm only just coming back down to earth after last weekend's TVNow Awards at the Mansion House today.

I had a great night, it was really brilliant fun. I was actually at the bold table where Brendan Courtney was sitting. He got in trouble for talking too loudly at the end of the night and there was some publicity about it in the papers.

I wasn't there when it happened because I was off chatting to some other friends of mine including my agent Noel Kelly and Bill Hughes, but he filled me in afterwards.

Poor Brendan was mortified. I know he certainly didn't mean to cause any harm -- that wouldn't be his style.


There wasn't too much pressure on me as I wasn't nominated for any awards. Unfortunately they don't have a category for funniest comedian but maybe I'll start petitioning for one for next year.

I also had the opportunity to see Jedward perform live on the night and I really don't know what to make of them, to be honest. I really understand the appeal. I'm generally not negative about anyone but I don't think their singing skills are up to scratch. The kids seem to love them though and I suppose that's the main thing.

I met them briefly and they seem like lovely guys.

I went to Krystle for a short while afterwards although I didn't stay too late so thankfully I wasn't suffering too much the following day.

I brought my new boyfriend along as a date on the night and he had a great time rubbing shoulders with all the celebrities.

I don't like to say too much about my love life, other than that I'm very happy with a beautiful man.

The rest of the weekend was spent relaxing. I had a nice dinner with my flatmate, singer Brian Kennedy, and a couple of other friends on Sunday night. We all had a good laugh discussing the night before.

I also managed to fit in a trip to the cinema on Monday night to see Four Lions, which I thought was hilarious.

It's about a suicide bombing farce and it was very good. Being in the business of being funny, I love going to comedy films. I generally spend the whole time going 'Wow I'd love to be able to do that'.

Sometimes I get inspiration for my various different characters from watching films like this.

I'm already in the process of developing some new ones for my tour dates in Dublin later this summer.

I've had a busy schedule with meetings all week trying to finalise the details and dates with the promoters.

We confirmed everything at a meeting on Wednesday afternoon so the tickets will be going on sale next Monday morning.

It's called The-Hack-Of-Ya tour and it will be in Vicar Street on August 27 and 28. I'm really looking forward to getting up there on stage again.

All the old characters including Sheila Chic, Bernie Walsh, Judy Free and Liz Hurley will be there on stage and I plan to be bolder than ever.

Myself and my colleague Warren were debating what to call the tour for a while and I decided it had to be The-Hack-Of-Ya. We're trying to get it put into the English dictionary at the moment because everywhere I go people shout it at me on the streets, including the kids. The series is really popular with the young ones. Obviously I can't really condone them watching it because I'm on after the watershed but it's up to their parents.

The more fans I have, the better as far as I'm concerned and the kids are good craic.

The good news is we've been recommissioned for another series next autumn so we're going to be filming that over the next few months.


We don't know what we're going to call it yet but we'll have to start coming up with a few ideas soon.

There will be a couple of new characters in it but I can't say too much about them yet.

You get bored of presenting the same characters all the time so you have to keep it fresh for both yourself and the viewers.

What I can say about it is that my mammy will definitely be making another appearance.

She did really well in the last series, she does it with such panache. She really really enjoyed doing it and it was great for me to have the opportunity to work with her.

Who'd have thought that in her mid-60s she'd be starting off her television career. I'd say if she had known she was going to be so good she'd have got into it years ago.

Herself and her friends who appeared in it with her are local celebrities at home now. They're loving it.

I might even have to book her through her agent for the next series!

I'm actually going to go home to Leitrim for the weekend to see her so we'll have a bit of a chat about it then I'm sure.

It's nice to get home to the countryside and relax for a few days outside of the city, particularly after last week's busy agenda with the awards.

Katherine Lynch's The Hack-Of-Ya-Tour Live at Vicar St. August 27 and 28. Tickets on sale next Monday for €28