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spoiler alert Fair City heats up as jilted bride Mairead finds comfort with resident lothario Tommy

Actor Geoff Minogue says "women are Tommy's greatest weakness"

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Fair City's Mairead and Tommy

Fair City's Mairead and Tommy

Fair City's Mairead and Tommy

Tension continues to build on Fair City this week as scorned bride-to-be Mairead gets some revenge by bedding resident love rat Tommy.

It follows a tense story-line that saw Damien, wracked with guilt over his fling with Dearbhla Dillon, call off the wedding in last Sunday night’s episode.

It all started when the venue cancelled on them, as Damien and Mairead tried to plan their wedding.

As Damien struggled to find a new venue for the wedding, Mairead, thinking that he was having second thoughts, urged him not to bottle things up in case they "never go back to how they were".

When Mairead suggested he accompany her to a counselling session, guilty Damien hid his discomfort but reluctantly went along.

To make matters worse, Damien failed to talk Mairead out of having Dearbhla, her former sister-in-law, as a bridesmaid.

After the counsellor, Maddie, focused on Damien in the therapy session, Damien finally told a devastated Mairead he couldn't marry her.

Mairead pleaded with Damien for answers about his change in feelings for her as she tried to learn the truth but Damien lied when she asks him if there is someone else.

However, when pressured Tommy reveals Damien’s infidelity to Mairead.

Later Mairead tells Damien, played by actor Maclean Burke, their relationship is over and the couple part ways.

In Thursday's epsiode, buoyed by her newfound freedom, Mairead indulges Tommy in a little 'afternoon delight' after inviting him to stay for lunch. Little do either of them know that Tommy's daughter Dearbhla is the one Damien slept with.

As Máiréad faces up to her split from Damien, Tommy asked her: "Do you think there's any way back for you two?"

"No, I don't," she replies. "But on the bright side, I get to put myself first for a change."

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Fair City's Damien and Mairead

Fair City's Damien and Mairead

Fair City's Damien and Mairead

Despite her anger at the news of Damien's infidelity, Mairead later feels guilty following her tryst with Tommy.

Mairead tells Tommy she needs to tell Damien the truth. But Fearful of how Damien will react, Tommy reminds her that he is the grandad of Damien’s daughter Saoirse and that they have to keep it between themselves.

Speaking ahead of the episode, actor Geoff Minogue reckons his character could give Paul Brennan a run for his money as Carrigstown's ladies’ man.

“Despite Tommy doing his best to help the situation, just like Kryptonite to Superman, women are his greatest weakness,” he said.

It remains to be seen if Mairead can repair her relationship with Damien and make it up that aisle.

Fair City is next on RTÉ One on Thursday at 8pm.

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