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KISS OF LIFE; GAY SCENE DOES PETER NO HARM AT ALL.

Fair City star Peter Warnock enjoyed a kiss with a difference yesterday...when he snuggled up to Miss Ireland, Niamh Redmond.

Peter, who plays bisexual Liam in the Dublin soap, caused uproar when he was involved in the first daytime gay kiss on RTE last year.

He said: "No, I'd never kissed a man in my life before that. But it was part of the job.

"My grandad told me to just think of the pay cheque at the end of the week."

The actor missed all the fallout over the controversial kiss because he was in London when it was screened.

But he discovered his new-found infamy when he returned to his native Dublin.

"I still get nods and winks from people in pubs. But there are no comments I can't handle," said the 28-year-old actor.

While Peter refused to comment on the new direction of his JR-style character, insiders on Fair City say he will be going straight from now on.

Yesterday, the former Royal Shakespeare Company actor teamed up with Niamh to launch a new range of unisex summer wear by Lee Jeans.

Niamh is preparing for the Miss Universe contest - and feels far more confident than she was at the Miss World pageant last year, where she failed to be placed.

She said: "I was in shock in India due to the protests and the hectic schedule.

"Also, I'd been hyped up too much to win. But I wasn't too disappointed."

Niamh has deferred her final year of finance studies in Maynooth to enjoy the rest of her reign as Miss Ireland.

Lynott's

pal gets

shirty

Artist Jim Fitzpatrick, above, the man who designed most of Thin Lizzy's album covers, has launched his own range of T-shirts.

He will hold an exhibition of his new designs at Jury's Hotel in Dublin from tomorrow until Tuesday.

Fitzpatrick has achieved worldwide recognition for his drawings and paintings of Celtic-based mythology.

A close friend of late singer Phil Lynott, Fitzpatrick was deeply affected by the star's death in 1986. He lived near the tragic rocker in Howth, Co Dublin, and came up with the "Black Rose" inscription for the singer's grave.

CAN YOU SPARE A TENOR?

Top tenor Frank Patterson, due back in Dublin for the Faith of our Fathers concerts next week, can't wait to take a holiday.

The New York-based star revealed: "We did 12 concerts in a row in December and I was absolutely banjaxed. I kept asking my wife Eily if there was a week we could take a break, but there wasn't."

Limerick group The Hitchers have released a new single, Kill This With My Bare Hands.

They are perhaps best known for featuring a former member of The Cranberries.

Songwriter and drummer Niall Quinn was the first singer with the group - then known by the awful pun The Cranberry Saw Us.

But he quit to concentrate on The Hitchers...and the group recruited one Dolores O'Riordan into their ranks.

The rest, as they so often say, is history.

BANDS PULL THE PLUGS

The first heat of this year's Hot Press/Bacardi Unplugged Competition kicks off in Cork on January 28.

Five other heats will take place around the country over the coming months before the grand final at Whelans of Dublin in May.

Previous winners of the competition include the Tyrone band Flying Man and Dublin rockers Little Sister Sage.

Meanwhile, King Boogaloo is to return to the airwaves with a bang next month.

Nine years after he won a Jacob's Award for his RTE radio show, the man better known as BP Fallon has been given a show on Radio One.

Iggy Pop will be the subject of his first programme and future shows will feature the Sex Pistols, Howlin' Wolf and Marc Bolan.

It's good to see RTE have finally come to their senses.

Geldof

to miss

awards

Bob Geldof, above, has pulled out of hosting next month's Hot Press-Heineken Rock Awards in Belfast because he has a clash of dates.

A replacement presenter is due to be announced.

Meanwhile, the awards are being held outside the country for the first time in their long history as the BBC has agreed to screen them in their entirety.

RTE, in their wisdom, have not seen fit to broadcast the show for some years.

Northern acts Ash, Cuckoo, Brian Kennedy and Divine Comedy are all expected to pick up gongs on the night.
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Title Annotation:Features
Author:Taylor, Richie
Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Jan 16, 1997
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