‘Das Riiiight’, it’s official folks, Irelands most popular comedian and Thurles native, Pat Shortt has been named Tipperary Person of the Year by the Tipperary Association in Dublin. Pat will be presented with his award on April 3rd, along with former Tipperary inter-county goalkeeper Tony Reddin, who won this year’s Tipperary Association Hall of Fame award.
The popular “Killinaskully” star on receiving the news of his award, stated modestly:-
“I have won a few awards recently but this one is the most important. It’s great to be recognised at home by your own peers and from your own county. I’m very proud of my County and Thurles where I hail from”.
Born in Kickham Street, Thurles, son of well known Primary school teacher Christopher Shortt, Pat was educated at the Christian Brothers School in Thurles before going on to the College of Art in Limerick. It was there he met Jon Kenny from which saw the birth of the popular comedy duo D’Unbelievables and the familiar comment “das riiight”.
An actor of note, Pat as stated has appeared with Druid Theatre Company in their production of Martin McDonough’s “The Lonesome West”. Movie titles include ‘Angela Money Dies Again’ (with Mia Farrow), ‘This Is My Father‘ (with Brendan Gleeson, Aidan Quinn, Stephen Rae and James Caan) ,’The Closer You Get” (with Ian Harte, Niamh Cusack and Sean McGinley) and in ‘Man About Dog‘ written by Belfast-born Pearse Eliot. Most recently Pat played the role of Wheeler McCoy in the movie ‘Strength & Honour’ as well as the lead role of “Josie” in the afore mentioned movie ‘Garage‘. Garage is the second feature from director Lenny Abrahamson and writer Mark O’Halloran. It picked up the CICAE Art and Essai Cinema Prize at the Cannes Film Festival. Pat also won an IFTA award for best actor in “Garage” at the Irish Film and Television Awards.
Also a very accomplished musician Pat has recorded with many bands and toured extensively in the U.S. with the brass section of ‘The Saw Doctors’. In 2006, he scored a huge hit in Ireland with the song “The Jumbo Breakfast Roll” The song was a number one hit in Ireland for six weeks with sales going 4 times platinum.
For those of you who have not yet seen the genius of Pat Short live do not fear, hereunder are some of the venue’s at which he will be performing Shortt-ly
6th & 7th March – Royal Theatre Castlebar
13th, 14th & 15th March – INEC Killarney
19th, 20th & 21st March – Forum Waterford
25th & 26th March – River Side Park Hotel Enniscorthy