Top comedian Ardal O’Hanlon will headline the Spirit Store in January

Irish comedian and actor, Ardal O’Hanlon, best known for his roles in television sitcoms as Father Dougal McGuire in Father Ted and George Sunday in My Hero, is coming to the Spirit Store at the end of January.

Irish comedian and actor, Ardal O’Hanlon, best known for his roles in television sitcoms as Father Dougal McGuire in Father Ted and George Sunday in My Hero, is coming to the Spirit Store at the end of January.

Ardal will perform upstairs in the Spirit Store on Sunday, January 27.

Tickets are 18 euro and can be purchased online at www.spiritstore.ie or at the Spirit Store itself.

Ardal was spotted by Graham Linehan, who cast him as Father Dougal McGuire in Father Ted.

In 1995 he received the Top TV Comedy Newcomer at the British Comedy Awards for this role and appeared (as Father Dougal) in a Channel 4 ident (“Hello, you’re watching.... television”), and during Comic Relief on BBC1.

This was followed by the award winning short comedy film Flying Saucer Rock’n’Roll.

O’Hanlon also acted alongside Emma Fielding and Beth Goddard in the ITV comedy-drama Big Bad World, which aired for two series in summer 1999 and winter 2001.

He also played a minor role in The Butcher Boy as Joe’s (Francie’s best friend) father, and appeared in an episode of the original ‘Whose Line is it Anyway?’.

In 2000, O’Hanlon starred in the comedy series ‘My Hero’, in which he played a very naive superhero from the planet Ultron.

His character juggled world-saving heroics with life in suburbia. He stayed in the role until early 2005 and was replaced by James Dreyfus for series six in 2006.

He also provided the voice of the lead character in two Christmas television cartoon specials of Robbie the Reindeer.

Towards the end of 2005, he played an eccentric Scottish character, Coconut Tam, in the family-based film, ‘The Adventures of Greyfriars Bobby’.

In 2006, O’Hanlon wrote and presented an RTE television series called Leagues Apart, which saw him investigate the biggest and most passionate football rivalries in a number of European countries.

Included were Roma vs Lazio in Italy, Barcelona vs Real Madrid in Spain, and Galatasaray vs Fenerbahce in Turkey.

He followed this with another RTÉ show, So You Want To Be Taoiseach? in 2007. It was a political series where O’Hanlon gave tongue-in-cheek advice on how to go about becoming Taoiseach of Ireland.

Both programmes went some way towards freeing O’Hanlon from his association with the character of Dougal in the minds of Irish audiences.

He appeared in the Doctor Who episode “Gridlock”, broadcast in 2007 and appeared in series three of the TV show Skins, playing Naomi Campbell’s Politics teacher named Kieran, who attempted to kiss her.

More recently he has been touring around doing comedy gigs including ‘The Comedy Roadshow’.

O’Hanlon also founded the International Comedy Cellar, upstairs in the International Bar on Dublin’s South Wicklow Street, with Kevin Gildea and Barry Murphy.