Lifestyles: Interview - Pauline McLynn: Ah, Go on . . . Ya Will, Ya Will Ya Will; PAULINE McLynn Has Travelled a Long Way since She Burst into the Public Imagination as Tea-Making Temptress Mrs Doyle in the Channel 4 Series Father Ted. Fast-Talking Pauline, 38, Has Now Settled into the Age-Old Tide of Actors Writing Novels. GEMMA MURRAY Talks to Her about Life, Love, Words and the Legacy of the Ever Loyal and Opinionated Mrs Doyle

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Lifestyles: Interview - Pauline McLynn: Ah, Go on . . . Ya Will, Ya Will Ya Will; PAULINE McLynn Has Travelled a Long Way since She Burst into the Public Imagination as Tea-Making Temptress Mrs Doyle in the Channel 4 Series Father Ted. Fast-Talking Pauline, 38, Has Now Settled into the Age-Old Tide of Actors Writing Novels. GEMMA MURRAY Talks to Her about Life, Love, Words and the Legacy of the Ever Loyal and Opinionated Mrs Doyle


Byline: GEMMA MURRAY

THERE is no mistaking that Pauline McLynn has the gift of the gab. She has an unrivalled command of language and a madcap personality which sees words spill out of her mouth nearly faster than the speed of sound.

So it comes as no great surprise to learn that Pauline, who spreads herself between London and Dublin, is constantly full of fresh ideas.

"Ideas come to me all the time so I have to make notes and leave them everywhere,'' she said. ''The most wonderful ideas come to me when I am just about to drop off at night."

Her number one crime caper - Something for the weekend - which hit the bookshops last year was a great success. This was the first outing for Leonora Street, a Dublin private-eye.

Pauline's sequel - Better than a Rest - promises to be received with equal acclaim. But amazingly after all her life experiences and ''wild talk'', Pauline claims writing for her is not necessarily easy.

Back during her Father Ted days, Pauline tried her hand at script-writing but claims she failed miserably.

"It was awful,'' she said. ''I realised at that stage I was not cut out for script-writing. I do a lot of day-dreaming you see which comes in handy for writing a novel.

"I've been writing a book now every nine months now. It has a lot in common with having a baby, I think.''

Pauline grew up in Galway where she was the eldest of three children, her mother was a painter and her father a car parts salesman.

At 17 she left home to study English and History of Art at Trinity College, Dublin, and soon joined university drama group, the Players.

"It was downhill from there,'' she said. ''I did get a degree but it was a miracle because I spent most of my time set-building and mucking about.''

Since then there have been a real mixture of radio, television and stage parts ranging from Father Ted and Ballykissangel to Angela's Ashes and The Most Fertile Man in Ireland.

Pauline admits that after Mrs Doyle ended she was a little paranoid she was going to be lumbered with the accompanying baggage forever. But now, as the series has grown into a phenomenon, Pauline says she has grown terribly fond of ''the old bag''.

"For some reason I get more of the Mrs Doyle thing now than I ever did,'' said Pauline. ''I just really watch it and enjoy it.''

Pauline jokes that her acting almost interrupts her writing career. She is justifiably proud of both, although the scales tip in favour of her books.

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