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very proud George McMahon would 'love to' beat soap world record as he approaches 20 years in Fair City

The 35 year old reckons he could yet beat the world record set by William Roache who has been playing the Coronation Street icon since 1960

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Fair City’s George McMahon

Fair City’s George McMahon

Fair City’s George McMahon

Fair City veteran George McMahon is aiming to give Ken Barlow a run for his money.

The Dublin actor is set to mark 20 years of playing Mondo O’Connell on the RTÉ soap next year.

And the 35 year old reckons he could yet beat the world record set by William Roache who has been playing the Coronation Street icon since 1960.

“Absolutely, I’d love to,” he jokes. “I love being in among Fair City.

“It’s hard to believe it’s 20 years already. I never take it for granted.

“It’s a thing that I’m very proud to be part of and I would absolutely love to stick around for as long as they’ve got some stories for me to tell.”

Fan favourite George first shot to Carrigstown fame with a headline-grabbing teen dad storyline back in 2002.

Off camera, the proud dad - who welcomed his second child, son Kody Bloom, with wife Rachel Smyth in June - admitted to struggling with Covid maternity restrictions.

“It was really, really tough,” says George, who also has a three year-old daughter, Frankie.

“I was just allowed in for the 20 week scan; all the other bits and pieces, I was just out in the car just outside the Rotunda.

“You obviously spend the whole time being so nervous. We were just lucky that Rachel didn’t have to experience any heartbreaking news on her own.

“If she’d had to go through any of that on her own, I think I would have been inconsolable.”

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Dancer Rachel and George were wed by former Boyzone singer Keith Duffy in Spain in 2019.

Now the soap star is hoping his alter-ego will also get a fairytale ending with girlfriend Melanie (played by Nyree Yergainharsian) ahead of his 20th anniversary on the show.

“I hope that there’ll be wedding bells between Mondo and Melanie because I love a good soap wedding anyway, because there’s always other stuff then that comes along with that, so that would be great.

“In terms of my favourite storylines over the years, obviously my very first storyline, which is the teenage pregnancy storyline, is something that always sticks out.

“It was a full year of high drama and Mondo was only 16 - hopefully there’ll be more high drama for #Mondo20!”

George McMahon was speaking as RTÉ launched their new season of Autumn programming.

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