Three Irish farmers who have become internet sensations after a video of them celebrating the reopening of their local pub went viral are set to open one of the BBC’s top comedy quiz shows tonight.
The producers of Have I Got News for You plan to screen part of the Irish Examiner’s Top of Coom pub clip at the start of tonight’s show at 9pm.
A spokesman for show producers Hat Trick Productions said it was the “tremendous and unique characters” which attracted them to the video.
“We plan to use part of the clip at the opening of tonight’s show as a punch-line to a gag,” he said.
Presenter Jack Dee and regular team captains Ian Hislop and Paul Merton are expected to extract comedy gold from the clip, which has notched up almost 50,000 hits since it went live on the Irish Examiner website in recent days.
Irish Examiner photographer Dan Linehan said he was delighted the clip of the banter between Dan Kelleher, Joe Kelly, and Johnny McCarthy in the landmark pub has been such a hit.
“They made it, really. All I did was point a camera at them and let them talk,” said Mr Linehan. “There was no acting. They are naturally that way — funny, humorous, hard-working people. It was a pleasure to spend time with them.”
The pub is perched in a scenic mountainous area between Kilgarvan, Co Kerry, and Coolea, Co Cork, and has had a presence in the area since 1846.
At more than 1,000ft above sea level, the Creedon family owners claim it is Ireland’s highest pub — a status they say has been confirmed by 2007’s Ordinance Survey.
It was burned to the ground in May 2012, with fifth-generation owners Tim and Eileen Creedon and their four children, who lived over the premises, losing all their possessions.
However, the family rebuilt the pub and were joined by friends and regulars at the opening last weekend.
Dan, Joe, and Johnny were among those who raised a glass or two to wish the Creedons well.
Mr Linehan filmed them sitting at the bar supping pints, while cradling their lambs. Their free-flowing banter, in strong Cork and Kerry accents, ranged from the challenges of lambing season to their enforced “dry season” over the last two years.
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