Will th­ese two panto leg­ends make up? Oh no they won’t

Irish Daily Mail - - News - By Neil Michael

AS FALLINGS-OUT go, the one be­tween Rory Cowan and Twink is as bit­ter as they get and, when asked about it yes­ter­day, the for­mer Mrs Brown’s Boys star made his feel­ings clear to the Ir­ish Daily Mail.

‘There is un­be­liev­able bad blood be­tween us,’ he said. ‘I want noth­ing to do with that woman.

‘You know the way it is with things that get said but that can then never be un­said? She has said them about me.’

Among the things she has said about him is that he is a ‘rat’. It is not en­tirely clear why she branded him as such – she called him ‘Rory the rat’ in an in­ter­view with The Sun news­pa­per ear­lier this year – but it all ap­pears to stem from a planned TV show on RTÉ to restart Twink’s ca­reer.

He claims he man­aged to get her a pi­lot and an op­tion for six episodes based upon a Reel­ing In The Years-type pro­gramme about her time work­ing as an en­ter­tainer.

How­ever, he says that de­spite him get­ting a crew in place – in­clud­ing a BAFTA-nom­i­nated di­rec­tor – it stalled.

He says when she wanted her own per­sonal as­sis­tant, he pointed out there wasn’t a bud­get for one and she would have to pay for one her­self. Mean­while, she had is­sues with clips that had been se­lected for the pi­lot, he claims.

Then in May 2017, Rory says he walked away from the project. ‘I was try­ing to help her get back on her feet,’ he said last night. ‘At the time, she was run­ning a cake busi­ness and I be­lieved she needed to get back into TV to make some money. But when all the is­sues arose over the pi­lot, I just de­cided I’d had enough and wished her well with it.’

In re­sponse, he claims Twink lashed out and later ac­cused him of hav­ing ‘de­serted her’ and dubbed him ‘Rory the Rat’. He feels it was un­ec­ces­sar­ily harsh af­ter he had dipped into his own pocket to save her house.

Be­fore the idea for the pi­lot came up, Twink had been or­dered to sell her pala­tial home or clear mort­gage ar­rears. But in Jan­uary 2017, news emerged that she could keep €1.2mil­lion Idrone House be­cause she had paid off €18,000 ar­rears.

At the time, no­body knew it was Rory who had stumped up the cash. Also, no­body knew he paid her €209.80-a-month mort­gage for a num­ber of months on top of the lump sum he paid out.

In ad­di­tion, he claimed to the Ir­ish Daily Mail last night he gave her €5,000 spend­ing money, sug­gest­ing she could live on €1,000-amonth for five months while her mort­gage was be­ing paid off.

All seemed well be­tween the two old friends un­til the pi­lot stalled. Rory says the fall-out steadily got worse when he landed a top panto role in Christ­mas 2017.

He had been asked to re­place Al Porter, who quit amid al­le­ga­tions of in­ap­pro­pri­ate be­hav­iour. How­ever, in re­sponse, he told The Sun Twink penned him a ‘vi­cious’ 19page let­ter. In it, she told him: ‘To add in­sult to in­jury, you’re now work­ing in­stead of me for Xmas.

‘In my role, in my shoes, in my job – in my Olympia The­atre. ‘And they say there’s a God.’ Such is the ac­ri­mony be­tween them, it spilled onto the steps of the church where the fu­neral Mass for Rory’s late mother was held on Thurs­day. He be­lieves she may have turned up to try to ef­fect some kind of a rec­on­cil­i­a­tion, but such is the anger he still feels, he told her to go away.

‘To use my mother’s death as a rea­son to try and rec­on­cile – that is not on,’ he later told the Ir­ish Daily Mail. ‘I mean, if you had any de­cency at all, you wouldn’t turn up at a fu­neral to try and use it to try and re­pair a fall­ing out. Not the type of fall­ing out we had.

‘And if she wanted to ac­knowl­edge the death as she said she did, she could have just sent a note. She has sent me a num­ber of vi­cious let­ters al­ready in the past, so she has my ad­dress.’

With the sea­son of good­will nearly upon us, you might think the two panto stars could – in fine panto tra­di­tion – put their bit­ter feud be­hind them. But with such an un­seemly dis­play in pub­lic view on Thurs­day it seems un­likely.

‘Help­ing her to get back on her feet’

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