- 09 Apr 01
On the eve of his appearance in the Dublin Theatre Festival and with a nationwide Irish tour pending, Jimeoin, the award-winning Irish comedian, talks to Tony Clayton-Lea about his journey to fame, from his early jobs as a builder in London and a carpenter in Sydney to his current status as the funniest man in Australia. He may own ten Van Morrison albums but he's still the best man around to liven up a night on the town.
Jimeoin is proof that some people have to leave Ireland to make anything of themselves. He left his home town of Portstewart, Co Derry for London ten years ago to work on building sites, although his love of punk rock was perhaps the main reason for his departure.
“I did a HND in Building Management,” says Jimeoin, “only because I wanted to get out of the North – I was doing nothing there. Plus, all the punk bands – The Jam, The Clash, The Stranglers – were based in London, and that’s why I went there.”
There, Jimeoin met old Irish hands at the job, and asked them how long they had been in the trade. “Thirty seven years,” they told him.
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