IR­ISH PEO­PLE DOWN UN­DER

As Sarah Caden talks to TV star Vogue Wil­liams (see Page 16), Pat Fitz­patrick takes a look at other Ir­ish peo­ple who have found fame in Aus­tralia

Sunday Independent (Ireland) - Life - - FIRST PERSON -

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Ro­nan is a coach/judge on Our guess is it’s full of high-pitched dit­ties, sung in their slightly whiney ac­cent. And that’s just when they ask Ro­nan up to per­form. Be­fore that, he was a judge on the Aus­tralian That sounds like a trib­ute where Ro­nan plays the Ir­ish judge who gets fake giddy and shouts, “You re­mind me of a young me”. We hear Boy­zone are ex­pect­ing a load of scream­ing dur­ing their pro­posed re­union gigs in 2018. Mainly from Mikey Gra­ham.

2 SETANTA O’HAILPIN

A tal­ented Cork hurler who left to play Aus­tralian Foot­ball in 2003. And there you were, think­ing Setanta is some­thing you get free for six months if you sign up to a broad­band pack­age. His brother, Sean Og, fa­mously gave his 2005 All Ire­land vic­tory speech

The Cork fans cheered wildly, es­pe­cially when he said, “Roar your head off if you don’t speak Ir­ish and this is the first time you have been at a hurl­ing match all year, ye band­wagon shams”.

as Gaeilge. 3 RO­NAN KEAT­ING The Voice Aus­tralia. X Fac­tor. X Fac­tor, SO­NIA O’SUL­LI­VAN

So­nia lives in Mel­bourne. They say it’s quite Euro­pean, be­cause peo­ple wear shoes in restau­rants. (Flamin’ in­tel­lec­tu­als.) At the 1993 World Cham­pi­onships, So­nia came fourth, be­hind three Chi­nese ath­letes who were sus­pected of tak­ing drugs. We tried to con­tact them for a com­ment, but they are still run­ning. It later emerged the Chi­nese were forced to take il­le­gal drugs. This wouldn’t hap­pen today. They’d just vol­un­teer.

4 MIKE MUR­PHY

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