Kilmoganny’s own Tommy Tiernan

    Lovely hurling says Seán Carroll

    By Jimmy Rhatigan

    Pic: Donal Foley

    A LOCAL student would love to follow in the footsteps of ace comedian, Tommy Tiernan.

    But there are those who believe that our budding entertainer would be more suited in the talented shoes of the one time d’Unbelievables, Pat Shortt and Jon Kenny.

    To be fair, 18 years old St Kieran’s College student, Seán Carroll is a canny comic in his own right.

    The son of Kilmoganny is studying for the Leaving Certificate.

    The June exam is his focus but he admits that his mind often wanders to comedy and craic.

    A year ago he posted sketches on Facebook. The reaction was good.

    “I enjoyed making people laugh and some said they they got a kick out of watching and listening to me.”

    The irony was that his first Facebook Sketch was a good old fashioned moan about social media by an elderly farmer called Carlo, Seán’s nickname among classmates.

    “It was great fun and I enjoyed being farmer Carlo who gave out stink about social media and Facebook in particular. Carlo said social media was stupid and was angry that so many were on phones 24/7.

    “We did the sketch in a shed, an old style milking parlour The piece went down well.”

    Seán was given a stage start by Kilmoganny Concertm a show in aid of his Alma Mater, St Eoghan’s National School.

    The concert was held every summer and Seán became a regular.

    A sketch, Sweet Home Eire Ireland got the Sweet Home Alabama treatment, talking about every day life here, how much we love Guinness and Tayto Crisps.

    “I am never nervous on stage, I love to hear people laughing. There is no point in being sad.”

    Comedy is his forte and he takes pride in showing off his work on Youtube. He has dabbled in the serious too.

    He did a sketch about depression called It’s Okay To Talk and composed a song saying Get it off your Chest, it will help to tell someone.

    He enjoyed when one-man became two as he played himself and his dad in conversation.

    Seán has the support of his parents, John and Vera and his 21 year old sister, Kate.

    He did a two-minute Youtube interview with hurling manager, Brian Cody.

    “I am not sure what direction I will go when I finish school, but I will take time out to get more experience as a budding comedian.”

    Seán’s other interests are hurling with Dunnamaggin and soccer for Thomastown United.

    He is a rare breed who could truthfully say that his career could be one big laughing matter.

    His combination of talent and determination could catapult him to a stage career.

    He may yet be Kilmoganny’s answer to Carndonagh’s Tommy Tiernan.