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John Connors Wins Hearts Of Gaeilgeoirs By Scorching The Nolan Show On Social Media

John Connors Wins Hearts Of Gaeilgeoirs By Scorching The Nolan Show On Social Media

John Connors is having a good week.

Last Thursday he claimed a Best Actor IFTA for his role in Cardboard Gangsters. Connors pulled no punches in his moving acceptance speech, as he discussed the realities of being an actor andΒ a Traveller in Ireland and how acting saved his life while lambasting the Irish Film Board and the Irish government in the process. The speech has gone viral over the last 48 hours and many media outlets are rightly curious about Connors's story.

One of those programmes looking to book Connors on the back of the speech was The Nolan Show on BBC Northern Ireland. Today a member of the show's production team sent an innocent request to Connors over Twitter for an interview. Connors turned down the request, but did so with fiery (and public) panache.

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Up North, of course, the Irish Language Act has been front and centre in the on-going political tensions between Sinn Fein and the DUP in Northern Ireland. This Gregory Donaldson call back from last week's Nolan Show featuring Irish language advocate Niall Γ“ Domhnaille offers a taste of the disdain that Nolan frequently expresses for the Irish language on his various media platforms.

The above clip has inspired a number of online petitions from Irish speakers seeking an apology from Nolan and the spread of the #BoycottNolan hashtag. Though that apology may be a long time coming, the programme has lost at least one guest because of it.

Twitter was pumped.

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