27 Jan 2022

Hollywood star Will Ferrell unveils himself as Longford GAA's secret weapon

Will Ferrell, joined by fellow Longfordian Mel Gibson, proudly wears Longford GAA jersey during 'Daddy's Home 2' Today FM interview

Hollywood star Will Ferrell proudly wearing his Glennon Brothers sponsored Longford GAA jersey alongside his Daddy's Home 2 co-star Mark Wahlberg. Photo credit: Twitter @TodayFM

Hollywood star Will Ferrell proudly wearing his Glennon Brothers sponsored Longford GAA jersey alongside his Daddy's Home 2 co-star Mark Wahlberg. Photo credit: Twitter @TodayFM

Longford GAA's secret weapon for the 2018 season was unveiled this morning in the guise of Hollywood star Will Ferrell!

Mr Ferrell, while lining out alongside his 'Daddy's Home 2' co-stars, Mark Wahlberg, Mel Gibson and John Lithgow for an interview with Dermot & Dave of Today FM, proudly wore his Glennon Brothers sponsored Longford GAA jersey. 

Mr Ferrell, who takes a keen interest in his Irish roots, visited Longford in 2008, accompanied by  his father and brother. 

The actor later spoke of his visit to Longford, and an evening spent in Eamon Farrell’s pub, during an interview on one of the USA’s most-watched chat shows, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.

“We took two weeks to travel around the countryside and stopped in County Longford,” he said at the time. “That’s where all the Farrell’s are from. We wanted to do some research and we were told to go to Eamon Farrell’s pub, which is a real place. We went there in the afternoon and said hello and said we might stop by later that night. Well, we came by and there were literally a thousand people there who all said they were Farrells. I must have taken a hundred photos, and we ended up in some guy’s house at three in the morning, my body shaved.”

The organisers of 'The Longford Lunch', which takes place at Croke Park on Friday, are remaining tight lipped on whether Mr Ferrell and his co-stars will be appearing there. The MC for that gig is loyal Longford supporter and RTE journalist Sinead Hussey, while top comedian PJ Gallagher will also be on hand to entertain guests. 

Mr Ferrell, along with Mark Wahlberg, Mel Gibson and John Lithgow, were in Dublin's Twenty Two this morning for an exclusive live interview with Dermot & Dave. 

Ferrell revealed the quartet attended last night's World Cup qualifier play-off at the Aviva Stadium where Ireland were crushed 5-1 and he quipped, "Our condolences on last night."

He then speaks about his Longford jersey, which features his name 'Will' on the back, and at this juncture it is also mentioned about  Mel Gibson's mum hailing from Longford.

'Daddy's Home 2' sees father and stepfather Dusty Mayron (Mark Wahlberg) and Brad Whitaker (Will Ferrell) join forces to make Christmastime perfect for the children.

Their newfound partnership soon gets put to the test when Dusty's old-school, macho dad, Kurt Mayron (Mel Gibson) and Brad's gentle father, Don Whitaker (John Lithgow), arrive to turn the holiday upside down.

After a sudden change in plans, the four men decide to take the kids to a luxury resort for a fun-filled getaway that turns into a hilariously chaotic adventure.

The Irish premiere of Daddy's Home 2 is at the Odeon Point Square this evening November 15 and you'll also be able to see Daddy's Home 2 at Longford's Omniplex cinema from Saturday, November 18.

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