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Sad news Hector cancels next episode of popular podcast with Tommy Tiernan after death of brother Freddie

'He was the star of many great adventures and tales that were told on this podcast over the last year'

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Hector, Tommy and Laurita

Hector, Tommy and Laurita

Hector, Tommy and Laurita

A devastated Hector Ó hEoghagáin and his buddy Tommy Tiernan have shared the sad news that their The Hen House podcast will be cancelled this week after the death of Hector’s brother Freddie. 

In a statement that was posted on their social media accounts they said it was with a sad heart that “we bring the news of the sudden passing of Hector's brother Freddie”.

“He was the star of many great adventures and tales that were told on this podcast over the last year,” they wrote.

“As a mark of respect to Freddie and his family in Ireland and Denmark, there'll be no episode from the Hen House this week. Memories and smiles will stay with us forever, rest in peace now Freddie."

Recorded from a shed in the bottom of a garden in Galway, The Tommy, Hector and Laurita Podcast has proven to be a big hit with audiences since being launched during lockdown.

The podcast reached a significant milestone last month when it hit over five million downloads, listened to in 175 countries.

Speaking about this achievement previously, Tommy said: "To hear about the joy and laughter that the podcast brings to so many people is incredible. We hope to keep ploughing on until we hit 50 Million. Thank you so much for listening."

Hector who lost his mum Triona in January 2015 and recently opened up about missing her, saying he felt "lonely" without her.

He also lost his father thirty years previously, but said losing his beloved mum hit him harder.

The documentary maker and TV presenter added that his mum "did everything" in the household and was so proud of him.

“My mother celebrated every single thing that I ever did from buying my first nice car, from buying a Fiat Punto to a brand-new Mercedes," he said.

"My mother started crying when she saw me with a Mercedes.

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“[She said] ‘I never thought we’d ever have a Mercedes in the house.’ And when she said stuff like that to me, I think I made her proud.”

He added that he misses her sense of humour and her faith in God.

“I think our generation and the next generation, we will never understand the power that faith has for so many of our parents and our grandparents. She got so much humour, solace, and strength from the man above," he said.

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