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Veteran Irish comedian Brendan Grace has passed away aged 68, his representative has confirmed.

The legendary comedian announced earlier in July that he was cancelling a number of tour dates in July and August in order to receive medical help.

Grace was initially hospitalised with pneumonia but later a diagnosis of lung cancer was made.


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The comic had began his career in the 1960s as a musician, and went on to bring in huge audiences for his stand-up gigs across the nation. He also achieved widespread TV success.

Routines such as 'Father of the Bride', 'Bottler' and 'Chinese Takeaway' built a loyal fan-base for his shows and one-off specials which garnered high ratings.

Consistently high ratings resulted in TV3 commissioning an animated special based on his iconic schoolboy character 'Bottler'. 

Grace brought in a whole new generation of fans in the 1990s after appearing in the Father Ted series as priest Fr Fintan Stack.

His number one hit Combine Harvester was later covered by The Wurzels in the UK, and he also toured with Frank Sinatra and John Denver.

He usually closed his stand-up shows with a humorous song, keeping music close to his heart at all times. While he lived in Florida for many years, he'd often return to Ireland to perform.

Tom Kelly, Grace's booking agent of nearly 30 years, spoke to RTÉ’s Morning Ireland and referred to the comedian as "one of the greatest entertainers of this era";

“You could see at every show how people just warmed to him.On nights when the audience might not have been very warm – that very seldom happened – he could turn around, pick up his guitar and sing a song with great authority," Kelly said.

“All in all, we can look back with pride at Brendan’s lifetime. Great family man, very close to his family. Just adored by his fans all over the country and indeed abroad as well. His popularity spread right around the world.”

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TV3 has axed the final six episode's of Al Porter's Blind Date, which were due to air early next year.

The decision comes following a string of allegations made against the comedian turned broadcaster claiming that he acted inappropriately towards a number of fellow comedians at various events over the past five years.

According to reports, 12 episodes of the popular game show had been filmed, with the second half of the series due to go to air in January 2018. 

A source told The Irish Mail on Sunday, "It's an absolute disaster for TV3. They spent a fortune on Blind Date, buying the format, the production, the promotion, not to mention Al's salary, but they are left with no option."

"The remaining six will never see the light of day, it's an absolute disaster all-round."

Since the allegations came to light, Al has resigned from his role as lunchtime presenter on Today FM and has been axed from this year's Olympia panto. 


Al Porter is to take some “personal time” away from his Today FM radio show following claims of inappropriate sexual behaviour.

Earlier this week, the comedy star turned broadcaster was accused of groping and harassing four fellow comedians at various events over the past five years.

The 24-year-old has yet to comment on the allegations, though Today FM did respond to the situation in a statement released last night.

“In light of recent event, Today FM and Al Porter have agreed that Al will take some personal time from his lunchtime radio show,” it read.

Adding: “No further comment will be made by Today FM at this time.”

As host of the TV3 series Blind Date, the station have also announced that it would cancel the repeat broadcast of the finale in the wake of the allegations.

TV3 takes any allegations of this nature very seriously and has decided that it would be inappropriate to broadcast the repeat of the final episode of Blind Date scheduled for Sunday evening,” a spokesperson said.


Last night, Irish TV audiences feasted their eyes on one of the most talked about programmes to hit our screens this year.

TV3's Living With Lucy, follows presenter, Lucy Kennedy, as she moves into the homes of various celebrities and public figures for a weekend, and this week's guest may have been the most controversial yet – Katie Hopkins.

Famous for her unpopular opinions, Katie Hopkins has no qualms about sharing her strong views with the world. 

And rather than brush that under the carpet, Lucy challenged some of her controversial comments and even called her an “absolute b*itch” while discussing her tweets over dinner.

But it wasn't all insults and name calling (she was living in the woman's house after all) – the pair actually managed to find common ground on a number of topics including marriage and motherhood.

The show was full of ups and downs, and many viewers took to Twitter to admit they had changed their mind about the 'most hated woman in Britain' – though not everyone was converted. 

Here's how audiences reacted: 



An online petition is gaining traction today, ahead of tonight's airing of an episode of Lucy Kennedy's Living with Lucy, featuring Katie Hopkins. 

The petition is aimed towards TV3, asking the broadcaster not to air the episode. 

Lucy Kennedy and TV3 faced criticism for choosing Katie for the episode, due to her controversial opinions. 

'Katie Hopkins actively promotes hate and racism and TV3 should not give her a platform for her hateful and outrageous views,' claims the petition. 

'TV3 must ensure that her views are not normalised.'

The petition so far has 798 of 800 signatures. 

'Racism and hate speech is dangerous and legitimises and provokes hate crime,' reads the petition manifesto. 

'Programmes such as Living With Lucy are designed not to critique or analyse the views of guests but to increase their popularity and familiarity with the general public.'

Katie Hopkins has called out the creator of the petition on Twitter.

A teaser trailer has also been released by TV3 ahead of the episode airing tonight, which shows Katie and Lucy in a disagreement. 

The episode is scheduled to air on TV3 at 10pm tonight.

TV3 has not yet responded to the petition. 


Reckon you could give the Cavan twins a run for their money?

Well, now's your chance, because Gogglebox Ireland are looking for opinionated telly lovers to join the popular TV3 programme.

The team are particularly interested in hearing from  “long-term couples, brothers and sisters, retired people and sporty lads”.

They also added that they would never say 'no' to a nun or priest.

Sound like you?

To apply for a spot on one of Ireland's most loved series simply email casting@kiteentertainment.com and tell them who's in your gang, where you're based and what you like to watch together.

G'wan, what've you got to lose? 


After 18 years with TV3, political editor, Ursula Halligan, has decided to step down.

The broadcaster moved to TV3 in 2000 after stints on The Sunday Tribune and RTE, and subsequently reported on four general elections and four Taoisigh appointments over the course of her career.

Commenting on Ursula's departure from TV3, Mick McCaffrey, Head of 3News, paid tribute to the broadcaster's approach to political correspondence during her time with the station.

"Ursula has made a valuable contribution to TV3 over the past 18 years and was always an independent voice in politics, going beyond the spin and hype to give our viewers the real story of what was happening at Leinster House."

"She was respected across all political parties for her insights and independence. We would like to thank Ursula for her dedicated service and wish her the very best for the future," he added.

The award-winning broadcaster, who was met with overwhelming support when she came out as gay in May 2015, will leave her role at the end of August.


Vincent Browne will no longer be gracing our TV screens, it seems.

The journalist is set to leave his landmark political series on TV3 at the end of this month.

According to The Sunday Times, Vincent's contract expires at the end of July, and unfortunately for fans, it will not be renewed.

It is not yet known if another presenter will take Vincent's spot, however names such as Ivan Yates have been popping up as he has previously hosted the show in Vincent's absence.

Mr Browne is well liked by his audience, and is known for his sense of humour however, figures for his show, Tonight with Vincent Browne, have dropped from 120,000 to 80,000 in recent months.

Vincent refused to comment on the news, and TV3 have yet to confirm his departure.



It looks like Celebrity Big Brother might be coming to Ireland.

Coco Television, who are behind some of our favourite shows such as Irish First Dates, Don't Tell The Bride and Room To Improve, have apparently claimed the rights to the reality show.

A source told the Irish Sun: "Big Brother has never been done in Ireland but Irish broadcasters are now so risk averse to new programme ideas, it's a safe show and could provide content for all three TV3 channels."

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TV3 will reportedly secure the rights from Coco Television, so they can air the first ever Irish version of the show, to compete with RTÉ's Dancing With The Stars.

We can only image what this would be like!



Earlier this month, Suzanne Jackson appeared on The Six O'Clock Show, which ended up being described as her "worst television interview ever."

The beauty blogger appeared on the show, which aired a segment on lambing season just before her interview.

When Suzanne left TV3, she took to Snapchat to vent her frustration, saying: "Guys, that was the worst television interview I've ever done.


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"Five minutes before I went on TV they started talking about this lamb that was going to be slaughtered and I honestly just couldn't do my interview properly."

However, now the TV station has hit back, saying she "never made [her frustration] known" before leaving the studio.

Sources at the Irish station reportedly told the Mail on Sunday: "Is Suzanne the only person in the country who is unaware that a segment on lambing season would involve talking about what happens to the lambs?


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"The lamb in question is alive and was sent back to the farm after the show. However, Suzanne never made it known that she was in any way affected or 'upset'.

"So we were very surprised, to say the least, that she walked out to the car park to her Mercedes and sat on her leather seats and snapchatted about how ‘upset’ she was at what happens to the lamb.

"Is she that unaware of what happens during lambing season," the source added.


TV3’s Anna Daly welcomed her third child into the world this morning, a little boy named Rhys William Ward.

Baby Rhys weighed 8lbs 3oz and both the presenter and her newborn are said to be doing great.

The exciting news was revealed today via Saturday AM’s Twitter account.

The Dubliner already shares two sons – four-year-old James and three-year-old Euan – with her businessman husband Ben Ward.


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Congrats to Anna and her family.


After 23 years together… Alan and Karl got married today in secret

TV presenter Alan Hughes and song-writer Karl Broderick married in an ultra-private ceremony.

Opting to keep their nuptials under wraps, only Alan’s brother Kevin and Karl’s sister Ann were present as witnesses.

Afterwards the duo retired to the five-star Merrion Hotel for champagne and photographs in the sunshine. For the occasion, Alan wore a dapper blue suit and complementing blue tie, while Karl opted for a rich burgundy hue and a navy tie. 

Both men wore a simple white rose on their lapels. 

In a statement, TV3’s Alan said: “23 years ago today we met… 15 years later we had our civil ceremony.

“And because the Irish people said 'YES', we can say 'I Do'.

“I couldn't be prouder marrying this gorgeous man,” added Alan.

Karl himself stated: "Everyone who meant anything to us attended our civil ceremony and we just wanted to do this for us.

“Keeping it secret was the hardest part… I'm so happy to marry the guy I love and respect so much. Now we can live happily ever after.”

In contrast, the pair's 2011 civil ceremony on Stephen’s Green was attended by a host of well-known faces.

With Derek Mooney acting as Best Man on the day, the glamorous bridesmaids wore white.

The couple themselves arrived in a white Bentley before walking down the aisle together at the Unitarian Church.

Afterwards they held a lavish reception for 75 at the nearby Mansion House, later honeymooning in the United States.

Congratulations, Alan and Karl!