Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 24 July 2014

Izzard reveals his Greysteel memories

Flamboyant stand-up comic Eddie Izzard has revealed how he travelled alone to Co Londonderry to perform just days after the Greysteel massacre.

Flamboyant stand-up comic Eddie Izzard has revealed how he travelled alone to Co Londonderry to perform just days after the Greysteel massacre.

The transvestite comedian told how his tour manager refused to accompany him on the trip as he felt it was too dangerous.

So Izzard made his way to Derry on his own where he staged three shows.

The comic and actor made the revelations in an interview with U2 frontman Bono this week, in the special "Red" edition of the Independent newspaper.

Izzard was talking about his childhood in Northern Ireland when he suddenly asked Bono if he remembered the "trick or treat" killings in Greysteel at Halloween 1993.

When Bono replied: "Yeah, it was disgusting", Izzard told him: "I was touring Ireland at the time and my tour manager said: 'We're not going up there' and I said: 'it's fine'.

"They wouldn't go, so I thought: 'Well, I will', drove up on my own and played three nights'.

Izzard also talked about his three years living in Bangor and how he was never aware of the Troubles.

He said his memories were of his early school days at Ballyholme Primary School and playing in a gang.

"My mum was alive, we had bicycles and we threw mud balls at passing cars. It was great. So I have very fond feelings for Northern Ireland."

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