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EXCLUSIVE! Fair City's Maclean Burke on rival show Red Rock: 'We had to raise our game'

Fair City’s Maclean Burke has admitted that soap rival Red Rock has caused Fair City to raise their game.

The actor was speaking to at the launch of the Gaiety show Are You There Garth, It’s Me Magaret where he admitted to watching the TV3 soap and welcoming the competition.

“I’ve seen a bit of it. I was asked before and I have to say that I think competition is good,” he admitted.

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Horsing around: Maclean and Pixie at the launch of the show | BRIAN MCEVOY

The RTÉ soap star is busy playing Damien on the long running soap drama and feels the TV3 soap is making him work harder.

“You know with competition you have to raise your game and I think Red Rock, it’s a great show, I think it’s actually being groomed for outside of Ireland,” he said.

“I’m glad they are around and they can knock on our back door for as long as they want.”

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The River: Maclean plays Garth Brooks in the play | BRIAN MCEVOY

Maclean was at the launch of Fiona Looney’s show which takes a look back at the Garth Brooks fiasco which took place last year and he is looking forward to stepping onto the stage.

“It’s a lot of fun, it’s a riot of a show and it’s really topical, everybody is talking about it. There’s huge interest in it and it’s exciting to be part of it,” he told

He stars alongside IFTA winning actress Deirdre O’Kane who plays Margaret a lonely house wife who is a massive fan of the American country singer.

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Sweet Note: Maclean stars alongside Deirdre O’Kane | BRIAN MCEVOY

“There’s only four actors in it as well, we’re playing multiple roles and I like the fun that’s in that, your running in and your playing twenty different characters in one night,

“And obviously it’s so topical, you get to play Garth Brookes and it’s a bit of fun and here we are sitting on a horse outside the Gaiety,” he revealed.

Are You There Garth, It’s Me Magaret runs from October 13th to 25th and tickets are available from and


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