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Sealed with a kiss as Chris honoured

ACTOR Chris O'Dowd has revealed how he never realised he was a captive until he received the Freedom of County Roscommon last night.

Like a lot of captives, he confessed he also suffers from Stockholm Syndrome and loves the place that has been his "captor".

The Boyle native and creator and star of TV's Moone Boy (inset) became the fourth person to be bestowed with the Freedom of Roscommon in recognition for his achievements on stage and screen and for his constant promotion of his home county.


In an emotionally-charged speech, that was peppered with humour, O'Dowd said he had pondered what he and his wife Dawn O'Porter would tell their "new, fresh Roscommon person" about home when they welcomed their baby next year.

"What will I tell my son or daughter when it slips gracefully from its mother's womb?" he asked.

"I will tell her how lucky her dad was to be from Boyle. I will tell her that in an ever-changing Ireland, Roscommon has stayed true to itself."

The actor also took the opportunity to pay tribute to his parents, Denise and Sean. He said his mum, as a psychotherapist, helped people heal themselves and so to him was a local hero.

He said his dad, through his website realboyle.com, served his community by keeping them informed about what was happening at home and so to him was also a local hero.

He also paid tributes to the other "heroes" in his community, sitting in the reception hall of King House in Boyle.