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Patrick Kielty was told of dad’s murder in school office

By Michael Sheils McNamee

Northern Ireland comedian Patrick Kielty has spoken about the moment he found out about his father's murder.

Kielty's dad Jack was murdered by the UFF in 1988. Three men were convicted in connection with the murder, but they were freed under the terms of the Good Friday Agreement.

Speaking to the BBC's Stephen Nolan Show, the comic was reflecting on his father's death and the legacy of violence in Northern Ireland ahead of the broadcast of a BBC One documentary entitled My Dad, the Peace Deal and Me.

On making the documentary, Kielty said he thought it was "important to let people know that you've got skin in the game, like so many other people". He said he was in school when he found out his father had been murdered.

"I was putting up Comic Relief posters, which I hadn't asked permission for, it was the very first Comic Relief," he said.

"I was called down into the headmaster's office.

"I thought, absolutely certain, that this was what I was in trouble for. I walked into the headmaster's office, one of my dad's friends was there.

"I was told to sit down. And then everything just kind of goes into a sequence of events which you know you're going through but it doesn't feel real.

"From the point he says 'your dad's been shot'. I know that I said 'is he dead?' They said 'yes he is'.

"I remember the news report. One of the interesting things about making this documentary, I had never seen the news report in 30 years."

After the programme aired the star was inundated with messages from viewers who said they were "lost for words".

After he posted a picture of his father on Instagram, writing: "Our Dad x Here's to the future..."

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