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Patrick Kielty opens up about moment he was told of dad's murder

By Brett Campbell

Patrick Kielty has spoken about the day his father was shot dead by the UFF in his Dundrum workplace.

In a new documentary focusing on the 20th anniversary of the Good Friday Agreement , the comedian relives the moment in 1988 he was told his dad Jack had been murdered.

"It was the very first Red Nose Day and I'd put the posters up all around the school," he said.

"When I was called to the headmaster's office, I thought I was going to get told off because I'd plastered the entire school with them."

The TV star, who lives in LA with his wife Cat Deeley and son Milo, described how his younger brother and mother became his chief concern. "I remember thinking: 'I need to get home. How's my mum? Where's everybody else?'"

Kielty was only 16 when he buried his father and once dismissed peace as a pipe-dream, but now he says that the Agreement, which saw his father's killers released from prison early, has "achieved the impossible".

The documentary will air on BBC1 next Wednesday at 9pm.

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