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Comedian Sean Lock revealed his strong South Armagh roots and the hard life of his Northern Irish mother in a podcast recorded ahead of his battle with lung cancer.

In While chatting with buddy Joe Rooney – who starred in the hit TV series Fr Ted – the comedian told that his maternal family are the McCreeshes from Cullaville.

He explained how his mother was adopted by relatives after her own mother (Lock’s grandmother) died young and her twin brother was raised by her father (Lock’s grandfather).

Widely admired for his expressionless style, Lock died Wednesday after a battle with cancer only his Know family and close friends.

The 58-year-old often referred to himself as a “half-Northern Irishman”, but the Joe Rooney podcast from November 2018 provided the most informative insight into his career.

In one During an hour-long conversation with the actor who played Ms. Damo in the Channel 4 comedy Ms. Ted, Lock said, “My mother was Irish, she came from a place called Cullaville, which is right on the border between Crossmaglen and Castleblaney.

“She was born and raised there and in Castleblaney in Monaghan. Then, like many young Irish women, she moved to Liverpool in the early 1950s and ended up at Wimbledon, where she met my father, who was from Wandsworth. « 

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Lock went on to describe how his mother was adopted by relatives when his grandmother died young.

He added, “She (his mother) was adopted. Her mother (Lock’s grandmother) died when she was very young, so she (his mother) was adopted into a relative’s family. So I have a pretty wide range of relatives to visit. I have two families.

“It’s very sad, she was a twin and they separated the twins. So my uncle stayed with the father and she was accepted into the other family, the Donnelly family, she was a McCreesh.

« He (his uncle) is still alive, he’s the only one who’s still alive, Mickey, to him I’ll go when I can, « said the popular comedian.

 » It’s a horrible thing (twins separated), but I suppose they solved problems that way back then because you can’t take care of everyone. There were tough times back then. ”

Lock grew up in London and, after a successful career in comedy clubs, became famous on TV panel shows such as 8 Out of 10 Cats and Have I Got News For You. </ He remained closely associated with South Armagh all his life, a fact recognized in tribute from former Newry and Armagh MLA Megan Fearon.

On social media, she wrote: “It’s so sad to hear from Sean Lock – my all time favorite comedian.

“Aside from being completely hilarious, he was also an absolute gentleman. He had family in Dromintee and frequented our area to enjoy lots of pints. « 

British comedy giants also praised Lock after his death, with Ricky Gervais tweeted: » Such sad news. RIP the great Sean Lock. One of the funniest and most influential comedians of a generation. A lovely man. « 

A close friend Jimmy Carr, who hosted 8 out of 10 cats, said, » Brutal news about Sean Lock today. I loved him. I’m watching clips of him right now – laughing & crying. I’ll miss him so much. « 

Lock dropped out of school in the early 1980s and started working on construction sites but contracted skin cancer attributed to excessive sun exposure. He recovered and decided to embark on a career in comedy.

In 2000, he won the gong at the British Comedy Awards for best live stand-up – an award that made him TV fame.

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