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Dallas star receives warm Kilmovee welcome

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ON HOME GROUNDPatrick Duffy and his partner Linda Purl pictured outside Kilmovee Community Centre during their visit to east Mayo last week. Pic: Paul Mealey


Oisín McGovern


AMERICAN TV royalty came to east Mayo last week when Dallas star Patrick Duffy paid a visit to his ancestral home in Kilmovee.
The famous actor, who played the part of Bobby Ewing in the much-loved soap, received a ‘céad míle fáilte’ from the local people when he came to visit the village last week with his partner Linda Purl.
Large crowds gathered to greet the couple at Duffy’s - the only pub in the village - and before long, Patrick Duffy himself was flat out pulling pints behind the bar in the tavern that bears his family name.
Brian Duffy, who runs the pub better known as ‘The Four Ways’, told The Mayo News that the whole village got ‘a good lift’ out of the visit.
“It was a bit chaotic. We wouldn’t be used to that sort of thing around Kilmovee, not celebrities anyway,” he said yesterday afternoon (Monday).
“It was something new for us. It gave a good lift. Everyone was in good humour. The village needed it. He was lovely,” he said of their famous American visitor. “He was full of chat, easy to talk to … he was good craic.”
The Duffy name is synonymous with Kilmovee, with Patrick Duffy’s great-grandfather Terence having emigrated from the area in search of a better life in the 1800s.
Scientist and biotechnologist Dr Tyrone Bowes explained to him that large numbers of Duffys had migrated to the area from from Ulster many centuries ago.
Valuation lists from 1853 show 70 different properties in the area which recorded the name Duffy.
During their visit, Duffy and his partner visited the long-closed graveyard where generations of his ancestors were buried as well as a stone fort at Kilcashel.
He said that the highlight of the trip was visiting the house in Skeheen where his great-grandfather had once lived.
Parish priest Fr Joseph Gavigan told The Irish Times that the actor’s visit had boosted the spirit of the community.
“Patrick Duffy’s ancestors left Ireland in difficult times. Their success as emigrants is one of the positive stories about the exodus from Ireland in the nineteenth-century,” he said.

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