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Travellers curse Twink after 'knacker' TV row

TRAVELLERS have placed a curse on Twink after she used the word 'knacker' on a TV programme.

The Herald can reveal how an outraged group of northside Travellers have put a hex on the 60-year-old showbiz veteran, whose real name is Adele King, after she used the offensive term about a Shamrock Rovers player on Celebrity Head Chef.

She blurted out the term in an angry outburst after the footballer Gary Twigg criticised her chocolate mousse as "runny".

The panto queen retorted: "He's a knacker, he wouldn't have appreciated a taste like that."

The actress, who has been hit with a wave of bad luck in recent years and almost lost her beloved Knocklyon mansion, is now said to be more than a little worried about being targeted by the minority community.

A north Dublin Traveller who contacted the Herald: "They basically placed a curse on Twink for the hurtful remarks she made and the pain that it caused in the mindset of the travelling community. It's a hugely insulting thing to say."

He explained how the curse could manifest itself in a number of ways -- some of them physical. "She said on the show how she suffers a lot from asthma so that could get worse and she could also start getting migraines. It can cover a multitude of things as well, from having financial problems to things in her past coming back to haunt her.

"It's a curse that's left on all the generations to come so it's not just her, it's her children and her children's children.

"In order for it to be lifted, she'll have to apologise and privately visit the same community that put it on her."

The feisty actress, who won the reality cooking show, was left fuming after Shamrock Rovers player Gary Twigg gave her bitter chocolate mousse dessert the thumbs down. He described the mousse as "runny" and said it could do with a couple of more days in the fridge.

The panto queen was then seen retorting how he was "raised in a f**king chipper" before adding: "You see, he's a knacker, he wouldn't have appreciated a taste like that."

Contestant Geraldine O'Callaghan then upbraided her, saying: "You can't say that," but Twink then said: "Oh sorry, I'll rephrase that. He's a peasant [which is] a politically correct way of calling him a knacker."

Travellers group Pavee Point say they were inundated with complaints in the wake of the comments.

"It's very clear that the use of the word knacker caused offence among members of the Travelling community, said a spokesman. "We have had a number of complaints about it.

"In this case we see no editorial justification for what was said, especially as the show is pre-recorded and her remarks were even flagged up for viewers."

But TV3 stood by the programme and stressed it had aired past the watershed.

Twink went on to win the programme fronted by Conrad Gallagher and divided her winnings of €10,000 to five different charities.

She declined to comment when contacted by the Herald.

mfinn@herald.ie


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