Deputy Tom dips his toe in comedy world

first_imgLimerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Print TAGSFine GaellimerickTom Neville LIMERICK Fine Gael TD Tom Neville says he’s “dipped his toe into the comedy world” as he stars in a new short-movie that will premier at the Richard Harris International Film Festival.The 44-year-old former DJ, teacher and county councillor has appeared in ten movies to date, having trained as an actor in his 20s.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up He plays ‘Dr Tom’, a working class GP, in ‘Everything Looks Better in the Sunshine’, which will hit the screens on October 27.The Rathkeale politician appears alongside actor and comedian Patrick McDonnell, who played oddball priest Fr Eoin McLove in the Channel 4 hit sitcoms Father Ted.In the movie, McDonnell’s character ‘Patsy’ attends Dr Tom’s practice after he’s run over by a woman on a bicycle with a basket of flowers, which causes him to develop an incredible sense of smell.The 12-minute film also stars Orlan Hannon and Amy Hughes, in a strong working class Limerick city accent, “with plenty of colloquialisms and dialect to boot”.“It’s a nice, upbeat movie. My character is a ‘very local’ Limerick city native. He went on to study at University and became a doctor, but still holds his local ways,” Neville explained.“It offers a nice contrast between how he is and how he articulates himself vis-à-vis the education and qualifications he has.”The move was shot entirely in Limerick last Summer and “shows off Limerick in a great light”.“It’s a comedy and the narration is comedic so it would be nice to get some reaction out of that, seen as though this is my first time dipping my toe into the comedy world.”He laughs off any suggestion he has already entered the world of comedy when he took his seat in the Dáil.“Well, the Dáil has a mixture of many characters, and I concentrate on my own job and what I have to do. Like like a hurler taking to the field, you concentrate on playing your own game and you leave others do what they have to do.”He says Dr Tom isn’t based on anyone he knows and working alongside Patrick McDonnell was “fantastic”.“He’s a very funny guy, and a great professional. It was great to work with someone who has had experience and exposure, to learn from them.”“It’s the same with all the actors and directors and producers I have worked with. Every time you work with these people you learn something new, and I’m extremely grateful for getting this opportunity.”‘Everything Looks Better in the Sunshine’ is written and directed by Mark Smith and Jonathan Farrell and produced by fellow Limerick man Ronan Cassidy. Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Twitter Donal Ryan names Limerick Ladies Football team for League opener Email Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash center_img Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Linkedin Facebook WhatsApp Advertisement NewsDeputy Tom dips his toe in comedy worldBy David Raleigh – October 18, 2019 300 Previous articleNoah is Limerick’s new little graduateNext articleAdare Manor has been voted IAGTO European Golf Resort of the Year 2020 David Raleigh last_img read more

Centurions Warner and Renshaw put Australia in control

first_imgDAVID Warner created history in destructive fashion and fellow-opener Matt Renshaw hit his first century as Australia dominated against Pakistan on day one of the final Test in Sydney.Record-breaking Warner blasted his way to a ton before lunch and Renshaw got in on the act in contrasting fashion to lead the Aussies – 2-0 up in the three-match series – to 365-3 at stumps yesterday.Warner scored 113 runs in a devastating display of batting, with his 100 coming off just 78 deliveries, which saw him become the first player to bring up a century in the first session of a Test in Australia.Not to be overshadowed, 20-year-old Renshaw – part of a drastic overhaul to the team heading into the third Test against South Africa in November – produced a performance beyond his tender years for his maiden Test century in his fourth match, ending the day unbeaten on 167 alongside Peter Handscomb (40).Steve Smith won the toss and the Australia captain had no hesitation sending his team in to bat on a SCG wicket expected to deteriorate throughout the match.And Warner made the most of the favourable conditions as he put Pakistan to the sword from the outset.Warner made his intentions known early, hitting 30 off 19 balls and that tally quickly grew to 51 from 41 deliveries inside the opening hour of play.Renshaw took a back seat at the other end as Warner became the first Australian since Donald Bradman in 1930 to score a century before lunch on day one of a Test.Warner – who found the boundary 17 times – added 13 runs after lunch before he edged a Wahab Riaz (2-63) delivery through to Sarfraz Ahmed.Wahab struck again in the second session, dismissing Pakistan-born batsman Usman Khawaja for 13 following a loose shot, but that is as good as it got for the tourists.Renshaw picked his shots as he brought up his three-figure landmark after tea, having seen Smith (24) fall victim to Yasir Shah’s turn, and he got better as the sun eventually set on a near-perfect day for Australia.AUSTRALIA 1st inningsM. Renshaw not out 167D. Warner c S. Ahmed b Riaz 113U. Khawaja c S. Ahmed b Riaz 13S. Smith c S. Ahmed b Shah 24P. Handscomb not out 40Extras: (b-2, lb-1, nb-4, w-1) 8Total: (for 3 wickets, 88 overs) 365Fall of wickets: 1-151, 2-203, 3-244.Bowling: M. Amir 16-1 58-0, I. Khan 17-3-81-0 (nb-2), W. Riaz 19-4-63-2 (nb-2, w-1), Y. Shah 30-2- 32-1, Az. Ali 4-0-16-0, A. Shafiq 2-0-12-0.last_img read more