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Alan Partridge Addresses Irish Audiences Ahead of Film’s Release Next Wed 7th Aug
01 Aug 2013 : By Kevin Cronin
Alan's special message for Irish audiences.
Alan Partridge might well be a proud Norwich man, but his big screen debut ‘Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa’ boasts strong Irish credentials in Wexford director Declan Lowney, Colm Meaney as the second lead character, and Simon Delaney in a supporting role.

For anyone who missed it earlier this week, Declan Lowney’s interview with IFTN can be read here.

Ahead of the film’s release in Irish cinemas next Wednesday 7th August, Alan himself has released a special greeting for his Irish fans in which he admits that he ‘actually likes Ireland and Irish people’.

Rather generously, he also expresses his condolences for the death of the Celtic Tiger and speaks warmly of director Declan Lowney as someone we ‘should be very proud of’.

Declan Lowney is best known for directing ‘Father Ted’, but has also helmed ‘Moone Boy’ season one; ‘Little Britain’; ‘The Rubberbandits’: 4 Funnies; and David Walliams’ ‘Mr Stink’.

His work on Moone Boy earned him an IFTA nomination this year for Best Director for a TV drama, and he has won two Bafta awards - for ‘Father Ted’ in 1996 and ‘Help’ in 2005.

‘Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa’ is a Baby Cow Films production, distributed by Studio Canal, and can be seen in Irish cinemas from Wednesday 7th August.

Alan’s special message, in which he speaks directly to the people of Ireland, can be viewed below:

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