Thursday, 17 March 2016

Happy St. Patrick's Day - Corrie's Irish Links



Corrie’s links with Ireland have existed since the beginning with one of the original characters, Concepta Riley, hailing from Ireland. She regularly appeared until 1964 and made guest appearances in 1967, 1972 and 1975.

The most famous Irishman on the street has been Jim McDonald. Loved for his accent and quirky Irish sayings, Jim has become a firm favourite with viewers. Am I right in saying that he’s the character who’s made the most comebacks since his first departure in 2000? He’s currently in the Big House, but we'd love to see him back on our screens again I'm sure!

Other Irish links include barman and chef Ciaran McCarthy who was played by Boyzone’s Keith Duffy.

Paul, Liam and Michelle Connor’s parents Barry and Helen are Irish and live in Ireland although none of the children have an Irish accent. Unless they were brought up in Manchester and then the senior Connors returned to their native island.

Elsie Tanner had two Irishmen as lovers: Jim Mount (1965-66) and Ron Mather (1978-9).

And when Concepta visited in 1972 and 1975, she was accompanied by her fiancée and later second husband Sean Regan. Upon his visit, Sean made a pass at Bet Lynch.

And a piece of trivia for you: Sam Kydd, who played Mike Baldwin’s Cockney wide-boy dad Frankie, was an Irishman!

And a member of our blogging team, Emma, is also Irish!

Do you know of any other links with Ireland?


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13 comments:

Defrost Indoors said...

Steven had an Irish girlfriend very briefly, after his breakout with Karen. I don't recall her name though.

Defrost Indoors said...

Steve not Steven!

Defrost Indoors said...

Odd, my original post disappeared...just wanted to mention that Steve had an Irish girlfriend very briefly, I think after he split from Karen (no, not Ronnie). Can't recall her name.

Anonymous said...

Jim often referred to his sons as Steven and Andrew, I suspect this is the reason for using his full name.

Anonymous said...

Wasn't the crazy nanny that worked for Gail and developed a crush on Martin Irish? I've forgotten her name...

Llifon said...

That's Carmel Finnan. :)

Tvor said...

Yes. Carmel the mad nanny!

Anonymous said...

Carmel was the nanny obsessed with Martin Platt. Steve's Irish girlfriend was Louise Hazel.

Billy Niblick said...

Prompted me to think of Scottish connections. Could only come up with Ken Barlow's vanishing son and Phil the foot fiddler.

Anonymous said...

More Scots? Tony Gordon!

Jonathan said...

Hang on a minute Jim is actually from Northern Ireland to be more precise he's from a loyalist background

Emma Hynes said...

Great stuff! Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Anonymous said...

On that street it seems to be St Patrick's Day all year long. Everyone and his grandmother guzzles beer pretty much all the time.

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