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Father Ted star launches Alzheimer's campaign

Father Ted star launches Alzheimer's campaign
22nd September 2009

A star of TV favourite Father Ted has started a new campaign for the Alzheimer's Research Trust called Memories Matter, appearing at an event in Manchester on World Alzheimer's Day yesterday.

Pauline McLynn, the best-selling writer and actress who played Mrs Doyle, appeared at the free public event hosted by the University of Manchester at the Chancellors Conference Centre.

The event focused on "accessible talks" on latest research developments from scientists at the institution as well as helping everyone understand more about Alzheimer's.

Director of development at the Alzheimer's Research Trust Dr Marie Janson said the organisation is "delighted" that Pauline McLynn is able to help draw attention to the issues surrounding those people with Alzheimer's disease.

She continued: "There is currently no cure for the disease but with the help of well-known personalities like Pauline, we hope we can raise awareness of the urgent need for dementia research and have some fun doing it."

Father Ted is known for propelling a number of comedians into the limelight including Graham Norton, Ardal O'Hanlon and Ed Byrne, though the star of the show - Dermot Morgan - died of a sudden heart attack a day after filming the last episode in 1998.

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