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From Fair City to Jane Austen... Aoibhin and Kerrie's sister act

IT'S a sister act for actresses Aoibhin Garrihy and Kerrie O'Sullivan.

The two ingenues who starred as sisters Dearbhla and Neasa Dillon in Fair City have been cast as two of the Bennet sisters in The Gate theatre's upcoming production of Pride and Prejudice.

So it's so long to McCoys and the cobbled streets of Carrigstown and hello to the corsets and crinoline of Jane Austen's England.

Aoibhin (26) left Fair City last month after three-and-a-half years on the show and thinks the first day of rehearsals will feel a bit like a Fair City reunion.

"I've just been cast in Pride and Prejudice and I'm delighted," she told The Diary.

"There's going to be a fair few of us on stage – Kerrie O'Sullivan who played my younger sister Dearbhla will also be in the play.

PERFORMING

"And so will Lorna Quinn, who played Lucy Mallon. So there will be a whole rake of Carrigstown girls on stage. It will feel like a bit of a reunion I suppose."

After playing tearaway Neasa in Fair City, Aoibhin will take on the reserved and super-sensible role of Jane Bennet. "I play Jane Bennet and I can't wait to start rehearsals. The play will run over Christmas and Alan Stanford is directing," she said.

Aoibhin previously performed on the Gate stage in Patrick Mason's staging of A Woman of No Importance.

She loved performing at The Gate and is looking forward to a winter filled with matinees and mince pies.

"There is something so lovely about being in The Gate as Christmas," she said.

"It has a real homey sort of feel.

DECISION

"So being there at that time of year will be great. And of course I love Pride and Prejudice – it's a classic."

Aoibhin left Fair City after three-and-a-half years on the show.

She wanted to test her acting range and perform in a variety of different roles.

"It certainly wasn't an easy decision to leave," she said at the time.

"My head was saying one thing and my heart was saying another.

"But you don't train as an actor to play one role for the rest of your life."

The ambitious Clare native has also expressed an interest to head over to LA in the future but for the next few months she'll be staying put in Dublin.

Her hotelier boyfriend John Burke who runs the Armada Hotel in Spanish Point will be glad to hear that she is staying put. She said: "I travel to Clare most weekends to see my boyfriend. It's so beautiful down there."


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