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Katherine planning fairytale festive duet with legend Paul

RTE star Katherine Lynch is hoping to score a Christmas duet with soccer legend Paul McGrath.

The Diary can exclusively reveal how the famous comic is in negotiations with the former Ireland hero to release a charity single.

And the unlikely duo reckon that The Pogues' most famous song Fairytale Of New York would be the perfect single for them.

Wagon's Den star Katherine explained how she bumped into the sports star in the green room after the opening night of Mario Rosenstock's Gift Grub 2 show at the Olympia Theatre on Monday night.

"I met him in the bar after the show, we were having great craic and he just came out with this suggestion. He's normally very shy but we got chatting and he was saying he loves my show.


"He told me that he's doing a little bit of music himself at the moment and how he would love to do a duet and mentioned Fairytale Of New York.

"I would absolutely love to do it with Paul but I don't know if I could bring myself to call someone like him a scumbag and a maggot! It's under discussion at the moment, his agent was there with him on the night, so we'll have to wait and see. It would be great to do something like this for charity."

The retired Manchester United and Aston Villa star has turned over a new leaf since successfully battling with alcohol, a struggle chronicled in his book Back From The Brink.

Last September saw McGrath releasing an 11-track album featuring some of the former international's favourite songs, with some of the proceeds going towards charity.

And Katherine said she's delighted that he has managed to stay on the wagon, with the star sticking to soft drinks at the after-show party in the Olympia.

"He's in a really good place right now, he's in flying form and I think he has found a good place in himself. I would love to do something with him," she added.

The busy star is about to embark on the final leg of her tour and will perform in Dublin next month at Vicar Street and the Helix theatre.

And she revealed that this will be the last chance for her fans to see characters like Sheila Sheik in action.

"I'm going to take a little break because I want to re-invent the whole situation and I would hate to see anyone getting sick of Liz and Bernie so I'm going to put the characters into retirement," she continued. "I'm in negotiations about doing more scripted stuff along the same lines as Caroline Aherne and the Royle Family."

She added how it was the sad passing of her father Tom last January that has spurred her into revising her attitude towards work.

"I was talking to comedian Sil Fox about this at the aftershow party after how after my dad passed away, you realise that life is very short and you just need to go out there and do what you need to do.

"He told me not to put off my dreams and I think I'll take his advice. The past year has been very hard and I'm looking forward to a better year," she said.