TV doc Pixie McKenna to do festival health checks

TV doctor, Pixie McKenna, will be scouring two of Ireland’s top summer festivals for a ‘warts and all’ insight into the health of the nation.

Organisers of the Cork Summer Show confirmed, last night, that the Cork-born, Cambridge-based GP, the presenter of RTÉ’s new TV medicine show, You Should Really See a Doctor

, would have a free pop-up clinic there next month. The event, one of Ireland’s longest-running agricultural shows, will take place the weekend of June 18/19.

Dr Pixie and her co-presenter, Dr Phil Kieran, will also be at Puck Fair, in Killorglin, in August to examine attendees for various lumps, bumps, pains, aches, tingling, and toilet troubles.

Dr McKenna became a household name presenting, with Dr Christian Jessen, Channel 4’s hugely successful Embarrassing Bodies

series. But she launched an Irish version of the show on RTÉ One last year, with fellow Cork-based GP, Dr Phil. She has also presented Pixie’s Sex Clinic, on RTÉ.

The producers of You Should Really See a Doctor issued an open invitation, last night, to people planning to attend either of the festivals, and who may have a health issue they’d like to share with the nation on TV, to present for a consultation.

They will be assessed first, to be deemed suitable for filming. Recording at the Summer Show is on June 18 and at Puck Fair on August 10. You can apply for a free consultation by calling 017088188, or emailing

Meanwhile, the Cork Summer Show organisers have urged people to sign their competing dogs. The dog show is sponsored by the Evening Echo

, and, with 10 award categories, it is one of the biggest in Munster.

“Last year, we had more than 400 dogs and owners participate in the competition,” chairman of the Munster Agriculture Society, Gerard Murphy, said: “Our Pet Dog Show is open to all canines — mutt or pedigree. Our highly skilled judges will be looking for dogs that are fun, happy, talented, and charming, so if you think that your dog fits the bill, then be sure to bring your dog this year.

“This year, our judges are also going to award young exhibitors — 12 years and under — who display excellent handling skills, while showing their pet dogs.” The €2 entry fee, per dog, will be donated to Pieta House.

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