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spooky wedding Comedian Oliver Callan postpones wedding due to TV commitments

'There's not a ghost of a chance of me getting married this year so I've put off spooky wedding again until Halloween next year'


Oliver Callan

Oliver Callan

Oliver Callan

COMEDIAN Oliver Callan has again postponed his wedding due to TV commitments

The 40-year-old was meant to marry his fiancé John Lannin this weekend in Castle Leslie in Oliver's home county of Monaghan.

"I am up the walls between radio and telly and we have put it back to Halloween next year because of the TV series clashing," he tells the Sunday World.

He postponed plans for it last year at the castle near Glaslough because of the pandemic.

"We put it off to 2021 and in January things began to look ropey as I got word there would probably be a TV series, and because of the uncertainly we put it back to 2022 as we thought there would be a much better chance of it happening in more normal circumstance.

"I'm still filming Call Kicks The Years for RTÉ while preparing for a live tour which will run in April and May," he says.

The couple have now pencilled in Halloween next year, which falls on a bank holiday, targeting the Sunday as the actual wedding day.

"We wanted to do Halloween because we are used to going to Summer weddings and everyone gets very stressed about the weather, going 'oh my God, what if it's not a nice day, so we said 'if we have it at Halloween, no one cares whether the weather is good or bad because no one expects good weather at Halloween," he observes.

"You have nice Castle Leslie, good old spooky, lived-in feeling to it, so it feels like a really proper entry into Winter. You get the benefit of all the fires lit and nice hot drinks and all that sort of stuff."

And he is a big fan of Halloween.

"Being from Monaghan, Halloween is a big deal, because fireworks are readily available from across the border and then bonfire and all that kind of palaver," he explains.

"I always liked Halloween and the stories around it. Not so much the American dress up Halloween, I like the sort of pagan vibe, the whiskey by the fire, it's getting dark, the times has changed."

He says guests will wear normal wedding attire "but day two is on Halloween itself so we might have a bit of fancy dress".

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"Yes, Paul McCartney got married to Heather Mills and it ended in complete disaster, so it's a great place to go for a wedding," he chortles.

Oliver and John first met in Charlie's Chinese takeway on George's Street in Dublin back in 2012 and recently bought their first house together, having rented since he was aged 21.

"I'd rather not say where it is because when you go into that area it's not my life it's John's as well, so I try to keep it as quiet as possible," he points out.

And Oliver is also celebrating another milestone this weekend.

"I was looking at Josh Cavallo, the Australian footballer, who came out this week," he explains. "He plays for Adelaide and is the only topflight soccer player to come out.

"I then realised that this day 10 years ago (Friday) I actually came out on the Saturday Night Show, and I wouldn't have known it was the anniversary if it wasn't for that young fellow.

"I looked up the date and I went 'oh my god, that was literally 10 years ago'. So, I'm going to raise a little glass to that this weekend."

Oliver's 'coming out' was sparked by an incident he had with Paul Galvin, when the ex-Kerry footballer confronted him in a Dublin pub over being mimicked on TV by the comic.

He has not had any other personalities having a go in person over his series doing Bono, Bob Geldof, Dermot Bannon, Claire Byrne and ­Francis Brennan.

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