Miriam Margolyes reveals her appreciation for ‘lovely’ Tallaght on The Late Late Show


Miriam Margolyes might be from Oxford, but she has a special place in her heart for Ireland.

The actress appeared on The Late Late Show alongside Senator Lynn Ruane, discussing their friendship and collaboration on an  upcoming documentary, investigating the life of Lady Gregory.

But during their chat with host Ryan Tubridy, it was revealed just how much the 81-year-old loves Tallaght, with Lynn believing she, “fitted straight in”.

On their friendship, Miriam said: “She’s not a lesbian, I want to make that quite clear . . . But we really hit it off and I love her. I think she’s the most wonderful person.”


Meanwhile Lynn was quick to gush over her pal as well, highlight how at home she is in Ireland.

Discussing their first meeting in Tallaght, the politician explained: “We were nervous, and all the neighbours were out in the garden, scones were being made and Miriam just fitted straight in. It was really lovely.”

Sharing how much she enjoyed her time in there, Miriam shared: “I’m not used to that kind of atmosphere. A bit rough. But they were so warm and friendly. It was just lovely.”

The Harry Potter star also learned some Irish slang, with Ryan teaching her, “I will in me hoop!”


Miriam also shared her passion for Irish history, sharing her perspective on Lady Gregory, founder of the Abbey Theatre and the subject of Miriam and Lynn documentary.

Telling Ryan: “”She started off English, so she became Irish. She changed. She made a journey and realised that the English are bast**ds! And we are! It’s true! And we exploited, and were bad landlords and unkind.”

“She belonged to the English ascendancy – and they were awful people.”

“When she was growing up she would’ve been looked after by the catholic servants. Working-class, catholic, Irish speakers, that seemed to have a massive impact on Lady Gregory . . . as she moved towards a nationalist outlook, “Lynne added. 

Both also voiced their dislike of WB Yeats and agreed he was “a creep.”



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