Thursday, July 07, 2022

An American actor best known for his role in a hit US TV show is in East Mayo today tracing his ancestral roots.

Patrick Duffy, who played Bobby Ewing in Dallas, is scheduled to visit Kilmovee this afternoon. Patrick and his partner Linda Purl are here to trace Duffy’s Irish roots and to film along the way for the pilot episode of a new TV series which will air in the United States in 2023. Filming is supported by Tourism Ireland.

Mark Henry of Tourism Ireland with Patrick Duffy and Linda Purl. Pic: Paul Sherwood, Coalesce.

Linda Purl is also an actor, and is best known for playing Fonzie’s girlfriend Ashley in Happy Days, a hugely successful sitcom, which starred Henry Winkler and a young Ron Howard, and ran from 1974 to 1984.

The couple will be greeted by a large welcoming party at Kilmovee Community Centre and will also call into The Four Ways pub around 5pm as he seeks to trace his roots.

Later in the day, they will visit the old graveyard at Ballinrumpa and the stone fort at Culcastle as well as the village of Skeheen where Patrick’s male ancestors lived before emigrating to the US in the 1800s.

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