1965 – Birth of comedian and actor, Ardal O’Hanlon, in Co Monaghan. Best known for his roles in television sitcoms as Father Dougal McGuire in Father Ted and George Sunday in My Hero.

Stair na hÉireann/History of Ireland

Ardal O’Hanlon was born in 1965 in Carrickmacross, Co Monaghan, the son of Rory O’Hanlon, a politician and doctor, and has five siblings. RTÉ’s Who do you think you are? programme on Monday 6 October 2008 examined Ardal’s family tree. He discovered that his paternal grandfather, Michael O’Hanlon, a UCD medicine student, had joined the Irish Republican Army during the Irish War of Independence and was a member of Michael Collins’s squad which assassinated British secret service agents on the morning of Bloody Sunday. Details of his grandfather’s activities survive in UCD Archives, as well as Blackrock College. It also transpired that on his mother’s side he was a close relative of Peter Fenelon Collier, the founder of Collier’s Weekly and Collier’s Encyclopedia.

Together with Kevin Gildea and Barry Murphy, Ardal O’Hanlon founded the International Comedy Cellar, upstairs in the International Bar on Dublin’s South Wicklow Street. Dublin had no…

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