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RTÉ has issued a warning ahead of tonight’s episode of Fair City. The episode is set to be extremely distressing for viewers as one of the show’s storylines takes a dark turn.

Will and Cristiano’s domestic abuse storyline escalates tonight when Will attacks his partner again.

Fans of the show have been warned of graphic content in Wednesday’s episode.

In tonight’s episode, Will drags Cristiano across their apartment floor after he has a meltdown. He flees the scene, leaving Cristiano for dead. 

He then decides to call an ambulance but is hit by a car before making the call.

Damien and Mairead grow concerned about Cristiano’s absence and rush to the apartment, finding him unconscious inside.

Fair City airs on RTÉ 1 at 8pm.

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Award-winning actor Clelia Murphy has been officially announced as the sixth star who will sashay her way onto our screens in the New Year on Dancing with the Stars on RTÉ One.Speaking about taking part in Dancing with the Stars Clelia said: 

"I can’t believe I’m doing Dancing with the Stars. I’m still in a bit of shock that I said yes! It’s unlike anything I’ve ever done before and that’s exactly why it makes it so beautifully terrifying and thrilling all at the same time. 

"I’m sorry now that I didn’t stick with dance classes as a child. I’m normally dressed from head to toe in black and I’m finding myself in a glorious rainbow sea of glitter and sequins and Spanx! I’m so far out of my comfort zone but I kind of love it."

Clelia will join Mairead Ronan, Eilish O’Carroll, Darren Kennedy, Fred Cooke and Holly Carpenter on series three of the show.

Jennifer Zamparelli and Nicky Byrne will join forces this year to present the new series of Dancing with the Stars. Airing on RTÉ One for 12 weeks from Sunday 6th January, a total of 11 celebrities will pair up with their professional dancing partners as they step out of their comfort zones and onto the dancefloor, each hoping to claim the much-coveted glitter ball trophy at the end of the series.

Each pairing will have a different dancing genre to master every week from the paso doble to the waltz and they’ll have just seven days to perfect their routine before performing live to the nation. 

Also returning this year is our expert panel of judges Brian Redmond, Loraine Barry and Julian Benson. Once again the celebrities and their dancers will be scored by the judges and the viewing public at home.

 

 

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It looks like Carrigstown is moving.

The Fair City set has been within the grounds of the RTÉ Headquarters since 1994, however the station now wants to sell its 8.64 acres of land for €107.5m.

In a planning application to Dublin City Council, RTÉ want to move McCoy's Pub, Doyle's Spar, The Hungry Pig and the Dolphin Pod.

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But, this move is proving difficult, as residents of the new location, near Nutley Road in Dublin 4, are objecting the transition.

So far, six objections have been lodged by the south Dublin residents.

According to the Herald, Colin McGill of McGill Planning has objected to "the proximity of the set to existing homes; the visual impact of the development; the noise to be generated by the plan; and its hours of operation."

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He said: "Our client's houses are family homes with young children. Increased noise levels after 8pm are particularly unacceptable."

A final decision on the matter will be made next month.

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The Katy kidnapping storyline on Fair City has come under quite a bit of scrutiny recently.

A petition has even surfaced online to have Fair City scrap the storyline, because honestly, everyone is a bit tired of it.

This story has been going on for nearly a year, and there still seems to be no resolution in sight.

However, Fair City have finally responded to the public unrest, and have promised to end the Katy controversy, on one condition. 

Taking to Twitter, they posted a video promising to "free Katy".

But, they'll only free her if people vote for former Fair City star Aoibhin Garrihy in the final of Dancing With The Stars this weekend.

Oh, and while we have you; don't forget to have your say in the inaugural SHEmazing Awards this May! It's time to vote, and you can do it right here!

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A petition has surfaced online to have a Fair City storyline scrapped, because honestly, everyone is a bit tired of it.

And we all know which one it is. Yep, the Katy kidnapping story.

Even if you're not a fan of the soap, you'll know that this story has been going on for nearly a year, and there still seems to be no resolution in sight.

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While the soap's bosses may be thinking that this situation happens in real life, fans are calling out for the narrative to be over, as the kidnapper, Ciaran, is now moving on with his life, while Katy is still staring at four walls in each and every episode.

The online petition, which has gained thousands of signatures, reads: "Last May a girl called Katy O'Brien went missing in a soap called Fair City in Ireland. We eventually found out in September she was being held captive by a masked man and then it was revealed to be the most obvious person called Ciaran.

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"Ciaran was introduced a few episodes just before Katy went missing and almost became part of the O'Brien family.

"He instantly became part of the community after getting a job off Paul Brennan. We later found out he also rents his own garage where he fixes motorbikes.

"He also rents a house in Dublin. For a singal man this is a lot of money. Whilst feeding/clothing a girl he's keeping locked up. Anybody who watches the show knows how tedious this is becoming.

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The petition ends with: "I could write so much more. Ciaran got a woman pregnant and is living with her and her brain damaged sister who knows about Katy but she can't remember."

Katy is now sick from an unknown illness, and many of the Fair City characters seemed to have forgotten about her disappearance.

Hopefully a resolution will come quickly, however, RTÉ has yet to comment on the petition.

 

 

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Fair City is like Marmite to the Irish public – there's a good divide of love and dislike for the soap, but now it looks like it could be totally axed.

As RTÉ contend with cost-cuts throughout the entire company, the future for the show that first aired in 1989 looks grim.

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The station announced recently that it will outsource all of it's shows for children, and an insider told the Independent that now more shows are in jeopardy.

“There was a rumour about the young people’s department in recent months which has now come true. So people are concerned about what will happen next," the source said.

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Fair City favourite Jim Bartley, who plays Bela Doyle on the Dublin-based soap said: “Whatever they intend to do I have no information on, but if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.

“I think the way it is produced and directed, RTÉ have done a great job.”

Ah, we hope it's not going anywhere anytime soon.

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They may be competitors, but it seems that these two Irish television channels have no problem 'borrowing' ideas from one another. 

Reports circulated yesterday that TV3 and RTE are at loggerheads over the use of the same music to promote the channels top two soaps, Red Rock and Fair City. 

TV3 has accused to state broadcaster of robbing the music used to promote their soap in a new Fair City Christmas special advertisement. 

The song in question, Everybody Wants to Rule the World by Lorde, has also previously been used to promote the TV3 soap and now the channel are accusing RTE of stealing their creativity, a source has told the Irish Herald. 

"You know what they say – imitation is the highest form of flattery, so I guess we should be happy."

"Red Rock has really upped the ante in Irish soap land, so it can only be a good thing for the future."

However, an insider at RTE has said that the state broadcaster believes that TV3 has over reacted. 

"It's not like their theme music was taken – the song is really popular and is very well suited to dramatic themes, so that's why it was used."

The two soaps are said to be going head to head in hour long specials that are to be broadcast on Christmas Day. 

May the best soap win!

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Today marks the 25th anniversary of the legendary Fair City. Oh sure, we all laugh at it and make comments about the occasional bad acting – but let’s be honest here. Before Love/Hate showed up, we all tuned into Fair City for our daily dose of Irish gangster-ism (it’s a word). If there wasn’t a gangster hanging around Carrickstown, there was someone equally terrifying. Here is our list of the top five most terrifying Fair City characters!

Lucy
Lorna Quinn deserves an award for her portrayal of Lucy, it’s not easy to instil such fear with one single look. We would NOT want to stumble into her down a dark alley!

Billy Meehan
Possibly the most terrifying of them all. Lorcan did away with him though, thankfully.

Paddy Bishop
When this guy turned up on the Bishop doorstep, we just KNEW he was trouble. That smile. Shivers down the spine!

Yvonne
Yvonne may have mellowed (slightly) over the years, but no one can spit venom quite like her. It’s all in the eyebrows.

Tommy Dillon
Poor Tommy. He couldn’t cope after his brother died and his wife left him, so he decided to stalk her. He did a good job of it too, hiding in the attic and watching her while she slept. Ten out of ten for creepiness. 

 

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Fair City’s Aoibheann McCaul, who plays Caoimhe on the show, says that she is always getting cast as “the b*tch” because of the way she looks:

"I was typecast as the b*tch in the show but that's what I was getting typecast as anyway because I've got quite a severe face and a lot of things are based on how you look.

"I used to get in trouble at school because teachers used to think I was giving them dirty looks. I was like, 'This is my natural facial expression' – I'm actually a really good person. I can actually play a nice, happy, vulnerable person. I've a wide range of emotions, as my boyfriend will tell you.”

The brunette doesn’t sound as if she plans on staying in Fair City forever though, saying: “Fair City is just a gig so they could have me move on or I could move on at any time.

"I'd love a big movie role in some kind of action film. I was almost considering going into stunts.

"I love sports and things like that so I think that might be my niche. I think lots of girls don't want to jump off buildings or roll off horses. I think I'm actually the one girl in Fair City that's done stunts. I've run through fires, I've run in front of cars, lots of different things."

 

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