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FORMER Fair City star Sinead Keenan has revealed why she walked out on Ireland's top TV show.

The 23-year-old blonde, who played feisty barmaid Farrah, said she loved working on the popular soap and knew she was lucky to have a regular wage.

But she decided to quit rather than face the danger of being typecast.

And now Sinead believes she made the right decision - because tomorrow night she launches a new Irish sitcom, The Cassidys, and will shortly be seen on the big screen in a movie with Robbie Coltrane and Brenda Blethyn.

Dubliner Sinead said: "For a month after I left Fair City I would be watching it and thinking 'What have I done?'

"I was incredibly lucky to be working there in the first place. I was blessed.

"I had a ball and loved the people I was working with. But my agent was also looking for other things.

"I would have stayed but I did not want to get typecast.

"If I was 20 years older with a mortgage and kids I would have stayed in regular work but I was ready for the challenge."

After quitting last August, Sinead starred in a pilot for The Cassidys, which was filmed in front of a live audience at Dublin's Project Theatre.

"It was great fun and comes at a good time because Ireland hasn't had a sitcom since Upwardly Mobile."

Sinead plays Lisa, one of three twentysomething siblings who live together in their family home in suburban Dublin. Also in the cast is award-winning comedian Ed Byrne.

"If I was still in Fair City I would not have been able to make this or the film. I have been very lucky. Someone is looking after me," said Sinead.

Her film, On The Nose, comes out next month.


FAMILY FORTUNES: Sinead (far right) in RTE's The Cassidys
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Publication:The People (London, England)
Date:Sep 30, 2001
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