Frank Kelly of course is best known as Father Jack Hackett the raving drunken foul mouth priest from Father Ted. But I first knew him as Parnell Mooney on RTE’s Hall’s Pictorial Weekly.
As a young lad growing up Halls Pictorial Weekly starring Frank Kelly was a show that all the family enjoyed; well my father enjoyed it when Fine Gael was being lampooned and I enjoyed it when grown men were acting like gobshite local councillors.
I didn’t understand the politics but I had my suspicions that most people in authority were gobshites and it was a relief to think at least one grown up thought so too. Frank Kelly for me also represented the possibility of making a living out of acting the eejit. The only comedy album we had in the house was of his character Gobnait O’Lunasa.
He is an incredibly mild mannered erudite man and yet lurking inside there, there is a lovely bit of absurd brilliant madness.