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A bat's life Kerry TikTok superstars Tadhg Fleming and dad Derry are loving social media fame

We chat with the father and son team who have been online sensations ever since Tadhg Fleming shared a video of his dad Derry trying to catch a bat.

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POSITIVITY: Tadhg having a laugh with dad Derry

POSITIVITY: Tadhg having a laugh with dad Derry

POSITIVITY: Tadhg having a laugh with dad Derry

It's Tuesday lunchtime and I'm on a Zoom call with TikTok's most famous father and son duo - and at least one of us isn't wearing pants.

Just to clarify, I am fully dressed. Derry Fleming, on the other hand, is jiving around his kitchen in his jocks as his son Tadhg, the mastermind behind this Kerry family's social media fame, fills me in on their meteoric success story.

I'm just settling into the interview and I fear the only soundbites I will have from the comedians will be drowned out by my peals of laughter. If you're not in the know, the madcap family first shot to fame in 2017 when Tadhg shared a video of Derry trying to catch a bat in their kitchen.

Cue an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel's US talk show which snowballed into TikTok fame, as Tadhg continued to share their antics to their now over 2.3 million followers.

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CLOSE: the Fleming family with mum Maureen and sisters Sadhbh and Mary Anne

CLOSE: the Fleming family with mum Maureen and sisters Sadhbh and Mary Anne

CLOSE: the Fleming family with mum Maureen and sisters Sadhbh and Mary Anne

Countless viral dance challenges and hilarious 'Alepsa' encounters later, the Flemings have become THE Irish family to watch.

"Right now. we are just having the craic," says the 30-year-old as he motions to his father sitting beside him.

"The memories we have created, never in a million years did I think that I would be on the Jimmy Kimmel show with your man dancing in a pair of shorts or on The Late Late Show. Amazon are getting sick of me too, I'd say they are like 'Will you cop on and call it Alexa'.

"We were only just talking about celebrities tweeting us or retweeting us.

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Dad Derry and Tadhg have teamed up with Huawei

Dad Derry and Tadhg have teamed up with Huawei

Dad Derry and Tadhg have teamed up with Huawei

"When I said to Dad 'Dua Lipa just retweeted us there' he just said, 'What's a tweet? Who is that?' All of it is fabulous but we don't get carried away, it is just on to the next thing."

Partnering with Huawei to launch the Huawei P Smart 2021, it's pretty apparent that the family are less interested in celebrity and more about the ordinary, everyday people they meet.

"People come up to you in Tesco and say, 'I'm sorry there, but when I saw your dad with the jocks on and no pants I had to say it to you. I feel like I know you so well that we are part of your family.' Sure there is a special queue for Derry in the Credit Union!"

Interjecting, the funnyman adds: "A lot of people I've been dealing with, because I have been there for 30 years in the Credit Union always say, 'I thought you were so serious.'

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The Fleming family on Jimmy Kimmel Live!

The Fleming family on Jimmy Kimmel Live!

The Fleming family on Jimmy Kimmel Live!

"It's just great to have the platform because honestly some messages really touch you.

"One message from a woman said: 'I just want to thank you, my daughter died by suicide a week ago and last week we did one of your TikTok dances and I never saw her laugh so much.'

"I was crying, it was so emotional this woman sending us a message a week after her daughter has died. You don't understand the power."

For all the positivity, not even the Flemings can escape the occasional troll.

"99 per cent is positive, but you are always going to get negative and I love replying to them," says Tadhg with a grin.

"I got one there and some fella just commented 'knob' and I said 'Jesus, I just looked through your profile and you're a Liverpool supporter, you're a knob too.' He said, 'You've gained a follower' and we had a laugh."

While the social media star's videos also include his mother Maureen and sisters Sadhbh and Mary Anne, there's no denying the chemistry between father and son.

"The two happiest days of my life were when I walked down the aisle with his mother and the second, the day he was born."

"I came out with a phone in my hand," laughs the influencer.

"Growing up when I was playing corner forward he was at the corner forward flag shouting 'Will you come on', running around the field with me. When I was younger he was always there, and anything I wanted to do he would always give me that motivation to do it, regardless of whether that was drumming or pottery classes.

"Even when I got bigger and was taller than him, I always looked up to him.

"I remember I was over in America and I messaged Dad privately and said 'I have spent all my dollars, is there any chance you could send over any?'

He messaged me back publicly on my wall when you couldn't hide it. 'For f**k sake, what did I tell you about spending your money stupidly?'

"I had to call him from America and say, 'Dad, please can you delete that off my page?' It was ten years ago and had about one hundred likes which was unheard of."

The online sensation may have recently moved into a pad down the road from his family home in Ballymacelligott in Kerry with his other half Alannah Bradley, but Derry isn't exactly pining after his son.

"Moved out?" he teases. "His washing is done here, his cooking is done here, any problems and he's here!"

Tadhg adds: "I am two minutes away, I would hate it if I couldn't come over. The next thing Dad is saying is marriage and 'Will you be putting a ring on it?'"

Huawei has teamed up with Irish social media star Tadhg Fleming to celebrate the launch of the P Smart 2021. The P Smart costs €169 and has an incredible SuperCharge battery, which combined with an incredible 48MP Quad Camera, makes it the perfect phone for anyone who is an avid social media user and content creator.

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