‘Why did I leave Ireland? I left Ireland because it was bloody lonely!’
Extraordinary Emigrants: Dave Allen became a role model for a generation of comedians
Dave Allen’s status as an Irish man abroad, whether in England, South Africa or Australia, often found its way into his routine. Photograph: PA
David Tynan O’Mahony. To his family, a gardener, a cook, a painter and a storyteller. To his friends and fans, a comedic legend, a mentor, a lover of the eccentric, a curious soul and a keen observer of humanity. To his detractors, merely a “purveyor of smut and profanity” and a “subversive blasphemer”’. The late Dubliner certainly left a lasting impact on those whose lives he touched.
Better known by his stage name (reputedly adopted to ensure he was always top of the pile alphabetically), Dave Allen became one of Ireland’s best known, if occasionally controversial, emigrants.