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Patrick Kielty gives his take on wild nights at Sue Gray’s pub


Patrick Kielty

Patrick Kielty

Patrick Kielty on stage.

Patrick Kielty on stage.


Patrick Kielty

Northern Ireland comedian Patrick Kielty has given his unique take on Sue Gray, the top civil servant at the centre of the partygate inquiry.

Having just delivered the highly awaited report on allegations of partying at Downing Street, she was also famously a former pub landlady in Co Down.

At a recent standup show in Brighton, Kielty told the audience: “Let me tell you about Sue Gray. Sue Gray used to own the Cove Bar in Mayobridge, Co Down. Ten miles from where I grew up on the other side of the mountain.

“When she was working for the Northern Ireland Civil Service she bought the bar.

“She married a country-and-western singer from Portaferry. And this bar was meant to be officially shut at most Friday nights at half-eleven…and was flat to the mat with Willie Nelson at twenty to f*****g two!”

Speaking to the Telegraph about his latest standup tour, Borderline, he talks about borders, national identity and where the union is headed post-Brexit.

During the interview he also discussed the murder of his father Jack Kielty by loyalist paramilitaries in 1988.

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Aged just 17-years-old at the time, he said: “The idea of a Patrick before that happened…I kind of don’t remember him”.

He added: “My dad would have been an employer in the village, he would have employed people from both sides."

Three men were convicted of the killing, including a former Royal Marine, who was later released under the terms of the Good Friday Agreement.

Before his death, Jack Kielty had been helping the television reporter Roger Cook to expose a building-site protection racket that was run by the UDA.

He had agreed to give evidence in a libel trial which ultimately collapsed.

"The idea of a Catholic business person going to the police in the 1980s in Northern Ireland to give evidence against loyalists, you know, it's a pretty ballsy thing to do,” Patrick said of his father.

“Sometimes me and my brothers use a different word for it: stupid maybe. But that's the stand that he took."

With his television presenter wife Cat Deeley currently working in Los Angeles, he went on to reflect on why the family ultimately decided to move back from America.

The couple had previously spoken of their discomfort at the thought of their children having to deal with “live shooter drills” at school.

Reflecting on the events in Texas on Tuesday, in which an 18-year-old gunman killed 19 children and two adults, he said: "The idea of having two young boys going through a shooter drill, it's something you would never want them to go through," he said.

He insists, however, that they did not “run away” from America.

"The driving reason for coming back was that we missed our families," he said.

Going on to discuss the complexities of Brexit, he said it had completely changed the narrative in Northern Ireland.

"Brexit means a border - where you put it can only be one of two places," he said.

"If you're a Unionist, you'd be furious…yet you're choosing between two things that are going to be a problem."

Asked if he believed there would be a united Ireland in his lifetime, he said: “I think I’ll live to see a vote”.

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