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Irish Mother Dying Of Cancer Performs Stand-Up Routine

Emma Mhic Mhathúna had the crowd in tears of laughter after her stand up routine.

Mother of five Emma Mhic Mhathúna is one of many women facing terminal cancer after receiving incorrect smear test results.

The Kerry woman has always wanted to perform a comedy set and decided to finally do it last week in The Laughter Lounge. The gig was in aid of a garden of remembrance for the victims and the families of cervical cancer.

A lot of her set was directed at politicians and her condition was brought up several times but it did not dampen the mood.



Mhic Mhathúna told the audience at the comedy spot that criticism of Taoiseach Leo Varadkar for his handling of the cervical smear check scandal is unfair.

“I have mentally closed the chapter on the smear scandal and now I want to bring some love and laughter into people’s lives and hopefully put a smile on people’s faces,” she said ahead of the gig.


The Irish Times reports that Mhic Mhathúna told the large audience that “People need to remember that the Taoiseach is the Taoiseach and he needs to be respected at all times when it comes to external affairs. We need to get behind him and not direct our anger at him.”

“I’m disappointed with the backlash he has received,” she also said.

Her winning line was in relation to a recent RTE broadcast, whereby she was instructed to appear sombre.

“They wanted me to do a piece walking down the road, leaning against the farm gate as if I’m trying to contemplate what’s going to happen to me,” she told the audience.

“But the gate wasn’t locked, and they recorded me falling down on top of cow shite,” she revealed, to a rapturous reaction.




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