Ardal O’Hanlon received death threat over move to London

Ardal O’Hanlon received death threat over move to London
Ardal O’Hanlon. Photo: Eamon Farrell/

Father Ted star Ardal O’Hanlon has opened up about the time he received a death threat in a letter, and managed to trace the person due to its postal stamp.

Speaking to Patrick Kielty, on his new BBC1 show Delete, Delete, Delete, the 50-year-old Monaghan comedian revealed that his friend guessed the person’s identity by a process of elimination.

O’Hanlon, who was playing Fr Dougal, at the time received the typed letter at his London home from the west of Ireland.

“I remember getting this letter and it was along the lines of: ‘You’ve gone over to England and you’ve taken the Queen’s shilling. Who do you think you are? You are a disgrace to the country and if I ever see you, I’ll kill you’,” he said on the latest episode.

“I looked at the postmark on it and I showed it to someone and they said ‘I think that’s from this little place in the west of Ireland, it’s a very small little community’.

“That’s Ireland for you . . . you’re able to track down the people who (want to kill you). So being a stalker in Ireland is a rubbish occupation!”

Delete Delete Delete is a brand new comedy chat show in which special guests hand over their laptops to see what their internet history can reveal about them. Patrick Kielty hosts the often awkward but always entertaining programme on BBC.

Other recent guests include Christine Lampard, Adrian Chiles, Jason Watkins, Ellie Harrison and Chris Ramsey.

He has also welcomed Irish comedians Andrew Maxwell, who revealed that he’d been investigated by the FBI, and Jason Byrne who attempts to explain why he’s been googling “Sex after 40, 60, 80”, as well as “UFOs in Ireland”

Check out the latest episode here:

Ardal O’Hanlon received death threat over move to London
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