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Jimmy Cricket’s nostalgic return to west Belfast 150 150 mhamer

Jimmy Cricket’s nostalgic return to west Belfast

Jimmy Cricket and Owen O'NeillA recent nostalgic trip down Memory Lane for Jimmy Cricket was the subject of a BBC radio programme.

The famous Northern Irish entertainer returned to west Belfast, where he was born nearly 71 years ago, to tell fellow comedian and BBC Radio Ulster presenter Owen O’Neill all about his childhood.

In his radio series, Owen spends the day with a well-known local face as they show him around a place that they hold in affection, uncovering stories about their home territory.

And last month Rochdale-based Jimmy took Owen to his childhood home off the Andersonstown Road, which included playing the saxophone on the street corner where he used to perform with his mates.

They also went to the former family-run bar where much-loved funnyman Jimmy cut his teeth telling jokes to the customers.

BBC Radio Ulster posted the following tweet about Jimmy’s return home.

BBC Radio Ulster (@bbcradioulster)
In a new series Owen O’Neill spends the day with @jimmy__cricket on home turf in West Belfast. Saturday at 10:30am
BBC Radio Ulster show on Jimmy’s Belfast roots 150 150 mhamer

BBC Radio Ulster show on Jimmy’s Belfast roots

rish comedian Owen O’NeillJimmy Cricket has been invited to guest in a new radio series for BBC Radio Ulster called The Town I Love So Well .

The series will comprise half-hour radio programmes presented by Irish comedian Owen O’Neill (left), who is a popular Northern Ireland-based writer, actor and comedian.

Each episode of the series will feature a well-known celebrity from Northern Ireland being interviewed by Owen in and around their home town and surrounding areas.

In Jimmy’s case the programme will look back at his childhood and formative years growing up in West Belfast. This episode will feature locations which have significant memories for Jimmy and they will provide an interesting backdrop and talking point for his discussions with Owen.

Famous comedian Jimmy, 71, will be recording his programme on 23 May and the show will be broadcast on BBC Radio Ulster one Saturday morning at 10.30 am – date to be confirmed.

BBC Radio Ulster

Jimmy Cricket’s Ireland trip has a family theme 150 150 mhamer

Jimmy Cricket’s Ireland trip has a family theme

Mini-tour to take in both sides of the Irish border 150 150 mhamer

Mini-tour to take in both sides of the Irish border

Jimmy Cricket to perform in Spain, Cyprus & Ireland 150 150 mhamer

Jimmy Cricket to perform in Spain, Cyprus & Ireland

Pissouri Amphitheatre

Veteran comedian Jimmy Cricket is going international during the remainder of 2016.

Jimmy, 70, has plans to entertain in Spain during June, in Cyprus through September and in the Republic of Ireland in November.

His trip to the Costa Blanca during the first week of June involves appearances at The Emerald Isle and the Madhouse, both located in the Orihuela district of the Alicante region.

For more information on Jimmy’s appearances there, go to and

Then in September, Rochdale-based Jimmy will team up with Richard & Adam – who both featured in the 2013 series of Britain’s Got Talent – to tour some of the wonderful venues located in and around the lovely Mediterranean island of Cyprus.

The famous entertainer’s visit includes an appearance at the Pissouri Amphitheatre (pictured above) in the Limassol region of the island. For tickets to all of these Cypriot shows, please visit

Jimmy will travel to County Donegal in the Republic of Ireland towards the backend of the year.

On Saturday 5 November, he will bring his stand-up comedy show to the Balor Arts Centre in Ballybofey.  He was last there eight years ago in the old venue, which has since been replaced by a brand new facility.

Belfast-born Jimmy is looking forward to returning to the venue as last time it was a full house! For tickets, please visit

Golden Wellie award goes to Belfast Cathedral dean 150 150 mhamer

Golden Wellie award goes to Belfast Cathedral dean

Jimmy Cricket presents Dean John Mann with the Golden Wellington award for FebruaryJimmy Cricket has awarded the Golden Wellington award for February to Dean John Mann of St Anne’s Cathedral in Belfast.

The well-known Northern Irish comedian presented the accolade to Dean Mann when he participated in a special service in the cathedral at the start of last month.

Jimmy’s role was to help distribute cheques to chosen charities from the money donated by the public during the latest Black Santa Sit Out in December.

The Black Santa tradition at Belfast Cathedral was started by Dean Sammy Crooks in 1976. Concerned at the emphasis being placed on necessary and costly building programmes at the cathedral, he decided to stand on the street in front of the building and beg for the poor and charitable causes.

With a small barrel in which donations could be placed, and dressed in the familiar black Anglican clerical cloak, Dean Crooks “sat out” each day of the week before Christmas. This started the tradition of Belfast’s Deans sitting out for charities. The local press described Dean Crooks as Belfast’s Black Santa and the description stuck.

The Golden Wellie is an award Jimmy created several years ago based on his trademark wellington boots.

Although it is a bit of fun in some ways, it also has a serious side as Jimmy uses the publicity from the award to acknowledge a good deed or significant contribution to a community.

From Belfast to Blackpool – You Must Be Joking 150 150 mhamer

From Belfast to Blackpool – You Must Be Joking

Jimmy Cricket with Aer Lingus Air stewardessesJimmy Cricket is taking part in the 2016 edition of the You Must Be Joking tour, the first leg of which was at the Grand Opera House in Belfast.

In the comedy show, which is aimed at the audiences of Northern Ireland, Jimmy features alongside three fellow renowned Northern Irish comedians, John Linehan (AKA May McFettridge), Gene Fitzpatrick and William Caulfield (all are pictured below right).

The tour was born out of the 2014 Cookstown Comedy Festival, as the line-up was put together for the first time there with huge success. Not only did the show gel and all four comedians complemented one another really well, there was a full house too!

This merited a full tour of the province in 2015, with this year’s events continuing the interest in the show and its popularity.

After the first  2016 date in Belfast, a slight gap in the tour schedule appeared before the remaining six dates. This has allowed Jimmy to get back to continue his commitments at the Lyndene Hotel in Blackpool where he has a spring season.Jimmy Cricket with fellow renowned North Irish comedians, John Linehan (AKA May McFettridge), Gene Fitzpatrick and William Caulfield

When Jimmy arrived at George Best International Airport in Belfast city centre to catch his return flight to Manchester, he bumped into several Aer Lingus air stewardesses (pictured above right) – one of them had been to see the 2015 tour and her grandparents had been to see this year’s opener at the Grand Opera House.

The rest of the dates for the 2016 tour are as follows:

·         Thursday  4 February – Millennium Forum, Derry

·         Friday 5 February – Theatre at the Mill, Newtonabbey

·         Saturday 6 February – Island Hall, Lisburn

·         Thursday 11 February – Ardhowen Theatre, Enniskillen

·         Friday 12 February – Market Place Theatre, Armagh

·         Saturday 13 February – Riverside Theatre, Coleraine