Ciaran McCarthy plans speed dating event

Keith Duffy who plays Ciaran McCarthy

Keith Duffy who plays Ciaran McCarthy

'Coronation Street' barman Ciaran McCarthy (Keith Duffy) persuades Liz McDonald (Beverley Callard) to let him run a speed dating event at the Rover's Return.

Ciaran McCarthy organises a speed dating night in the Rover's Return.

The 'Coronation Street' barman - played by Boyzone star Keith Duffy - persuades landlady Liz McDonald (Beverley Callard) to let him boost takings at the pub by organising an evening of matchmaking.

He tells her: "This place is like God's waiting room. Speed dating is sure to treble the number of punters, not to mention the ticket sales at a fiver a time."

In a bid to persuade more people to go along, Ciaran hired Rosie Website (Helen Flanagan) who dons hotpants and roller skates to distribute flyers.

However, his plan isn't a hit with everyone, with some of the older residents raising objections.

Norris Cole (Malcolm Hebden) gripes: "Speed dating is like fast food, instant gratification with a greasy aftertaste."

Keith recently reprised his role as Ciaran after a five year absence.

Despite rumours his return would be brief, the 35-year-old star has vowed to juggle his schedule to fit in his commitments to both the show and his music career.

He said: "I am happy and very excited to be working on 'Coronation Street'. I've got some great storylines coming up and whilst I do have commitments to Boyzone I have been able to combine the two things very well. I love playing Ciaran!"


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