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Irish grandfather becomes 7m-follower TikTok sensation with granddaughter at age of 77

Frank Hackett and his granddaughter Kiera count the likes of Michael Bublé, Gary Barlow, James Arthur and Selena Gomez among their admirers

Tik Tok grandad Frank Hackett and grandaughter Kiera Hackett-Hall

Tik Tok grandad Frank Hackett and Franks's wife Julie Hackett

Michael Buble (Photo by Neil Mockford/GC Images)© GC Images

Eugene MastersonSunday World

A GRANDDAD has told how he can’t believe he and his granddaughter have seven million followers on TikTok thanks to their dancing clips.

Frank Hackett and his granddaughter Kiera count the likes of Michael Bublé, Gary Barlow, James Arthur and Selena Gomez among their admirers for their wholesome dance routines and funny antics.

Michael Buble (Photo by Neil Mockford/GC Images)© GC Images

Frank (77), from Wood Quay in Galway City, went to England in 1966 after he fell in love.

“Julie (Barry) lived in Shantallagh, her father is from Tipperary. We have been together ever since,” he says.

“We have three children, two boys and one girl. I have three grandchildren and three step grandchildren.”

Tik Tok grandad Frank Hackett and Franks's wife Julie Hackett

Frank worked on the London Underground when he first went to England. He then moved into air conditioning and then semi-retired and became a mini-bus driver for an independent school.

The couple now live in Kent and all his family wear Claddagh rings as a tribute to their roots.

Frank’s granddaughter Kiera Hackett Hall (17), who is studying for her A-levels, is responsible for roping him into the TikTok videos.

“It was November 2019 we came up with this and then during lockdown that’s when his account really boomed,” she recalls.

“I asked Pop to do this dance and then I asked if I could post it and then everyone loved it, so it just carried on.”

Frank now gets recognised on the street.

“I got tapped on the shoulder the other day and someone said ‘I follow you on TikTok,” he chuckles.


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