Dana, Ken Morley and the late Frank Carson feature in nostalgic Twitter post
Jimmy Cricket and the late Frank Carson were among several celebrities featured in a social media post recently.
The message on Twitter included several photographs and said: “When
@coolfm visited Ross’s Court, Belfast, 25 yrs ago, with Frank Carson, Dana, Gerry Anderson, @ClonesCyclone @jimmy__cricket Mary peters and ken Morley (Reg from coronation street).”
Northern Ireland comedy legend Frank Carson passed away in early 2012.
Miracles R Us – Fr Frankie’s latest book
Fr Frankie Mulgrew, the younger son of famous entertainer Jimmy Cricket, has been discussing his latest book in The Universe, the Catholic national newspaper.
The Roman Catholic priest, who is based in Blackburn, East Lancashire, compiled and edited Miracles R Us: Supernatural Miracles In The Catholic Church.
A summary of the book, published by St Pauls Publishing, says: “Do miracles really happen? Are there miracles in the 21st century just as there were during the life of Jesus?
“In Miracles R Us we discover how God works supernatural miracles in our day and age. Filled with real-life stories of spiritual and physical miracles from well-known priests, Religious and Catholic speakers we discover that life-changing miracles of the soul and physical healings beyond current medical explanation happen, all through the seven Sacraments of the Catholic Church: baptism, confession, Eucharist, confirmation, marriage, holy orders and anointing of the sick.
“This book proves that God’s love and power to transform hearts and lives is as real today as it was in the time of Jesus.”
It includes a contribution from Cardinal Vincent Nichols and all authorship profits will go to support Mary’s Meals, who provide vital meals to some of the world’s poorest children.
Fr Frankie (right), who was a comedian like his dad before being ordained five years ago, is quoted in the 9 March edition of The Universe saying: “This book is to help encourage, affirm and edify our own faith but also to be passed into the hands of those who may have stopped going to Church, give them reason to believe and reason to know that God loves them, has never given up on them and wants to fill their life with his divine love, mercy and blessings.”
The 16 March edition of The Universe also features Fr Frankie talking about Miracles R Us.
The comic-turned-priest, whose stage name was Frankie Doodle, has previously had a book published about God and humour called Does God LOL? (LOL is internet slang for Laugh Out Loud).
All proceeds from sales of that book have also gone towards Mary’s Meals.
YouTube comedy clips & a letter from Jimmy Cricket
Here is a short letter from your favourite entertainer Jimmy Cricket introducing a new sequence of clips produced for the homepage of this website via his YouTube channel.
It’s me, Jimmy Cricket, come closer…
Thank you for coming on my website. If you are regular, a double thank you. And if you are a newcomer, a warm welcome.
I hope you enjoying browsing through and finding something of interest for you.
The newest thing I have is this… last year I came in contact with a young man called Dom Hyndman. Dom organised a charity show to send some young people to Lourdes to help wheel-bound and disabled people get around a pilgrimage, and help with their healing and give them spiritual serenity.
Dom is also a brilliant cameraman and works on all sorts of shows, from Coronation Street to the Antiques Roadshow.
He put together a very good feature for my website called The story in pictures, which was all about how I made my breakthrough into television. The next thing he did was last October when I released an album of Christmas songs for the children’s hospice Francis House; he came to the studio and did some nice footage for me.
When we were thinking about the next project to work on, we decided to go for the four series that I’ve done on Central Television in the 1980s – take the first series and concentrate on the guest stars I had on the show.
So for the next nine weeks we will have a guest artist – they range from Jim Bowen and Frank Carson to Dennis Taylor.
I hope you find it interesting and if there’s anything else you think would make the website more interesting, please feel free to let us know.
Jimmy Cricket, 5 April 2017
Does God laugh out loud?
Frankie Mulgrew, whose stage name was Frankie Doodle, compiled and edited Does God LOL? (LOL is internet slang for Laugh Out Loud), which went on sale recently.
Ken Dodd, Ricky Tomlinson, Tim Vine, Jo Brand, Milton Jones and the late Frank Carson are among the famous showbiz names to have contributed to the book, which is priced at £7.99 (and is available at all good bookshops and websites, including Amazon).
The foreword was written by top theologian Tom Wright and there are cartoons from Dave Walker, Simone Lia, Mike Kazybrid and Robert Duncan.
All proceeds from sales of the book will go towards the charity Mary’s Meals, an organisation which supports school feeding projects in some of the world’s poorest communities where hunger and poverty prevent children from gaining an education.
Fr Frankie (above right), who was ordained a Roman Catholic priest at Salford Cathedral last month, dedicated the book to his dad – “for introducing me to one of God’s greatest gifts” – when he celebrated his first Mass, and presented him with a special copy.
Does God LOL? develops a theme around whether the Almighty has a sense of humour, with an impressive array of well-known comedians, actors and performers – including Jimmy Cricket as well of course – all giving it some serious thought.
The book is published by Darton, Longman & Todd.
* Does God LOL? is clearly in demand: The popular Amazon website reported on 4 August that it had “only nine [copies] left in stock (more on the way)”, though there appears to be good availability again now (as of 11 August) – and it is currently available at just £5.99.
Memorial concert to Frank Carson
Jimmy Cricket is to feature in a memorial concert to the late, great Northern Ireland comedy legend Frank Carson.
Frank sadly passed away at the start of 2012 and the fitting tribute will be held at the Grand Opera House in Belfast on Thursday 28 February, just over a year after his death.
The hosts for the charity gala will be James Nesbitt, Patrick Kielty, Lenny Henry and Gloria Hunniford.
Entertainer Jimmy, who was also born in Northern Ireland, will pay his own personal tribute alongside a cast which includes Roy Walker, Dana, Dennis Taylor, Barry McGuigan, Kiki Dee, Pat Jennings and Dame Mary Peters to name just a few of the celebrated personalities who will take part in this gala evening.
Frank Carson’s family had always planned to hold a concert to commemorate Frank’s life and have asked producer Ian Dougan to put this event together.
Proceeds from the show will benefit two of Frank’s favourite charities – the Integrated Education Fund and CLIC Sargent’s Northern Ireland Homes from Home Appeal.
Jimmy says: “I am honoured to have been asked to participate in this show. I expect the event to be a tremendous celebration of Frank’s life, remembering his outstanding contribution to the world of entertainment.”
‘Promising a night of belly laughs’
A “journey back across the years” awaits Irish comedian Jimmy Cricket on 8 June.
The famous funnyman is appearing at Towyn’s Morton Arms in North Wales next Friday in a show organised by local entertainment entrepreneur Darren Howells.
To mark the event, a feature has been written in the North Wales Daily Post by freelance journalist Samuel Evans.
The story begins…
Jimmy Cricket, renowned for his funny hat, his wellies on the wrong feet and of course letters from his Mammy, is packing his bags ready for a trip to North Wales this summer and a journey back across the years.
“The times might have changed since the 80s but I have embraced everything into my act,” he said. “What you get now is the Jimmy Cricket take on things, and of course I’ll have a letter from my Mammy.”
Full of his favourite material, Jimmy is promising a night of belly laughs when he takes the mic at Towyn’s Morton Arms in June.