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Liam Cunningham praised following ‘brilliant’ appearance on The Late Late Show

The actor has been dubbed a 'gentleman'

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Liam Cunningham was praised by Late Late Show viewers on Friday night.

The Game of Thrones actor appeared on the show alongside Syrian refugee Hussam Alhrak, to shed light on the struggles he has overcome.

Hussam, who first met Liam in Jordan, was in Dublin to present the actor with the first-ever ICCL Lifetime Contribution to Human Rights Award.

During his appearance on the show, Liam also opened up about the Stardust nightclub fire that killed 48 people back in 1981 on Valentine’s Day.

The actor’s sister was in the nightclub that night, and recalled the terrifying moment he found out about the fire.

Liam said: “On that particular night, I was out in Howth and on the way back when I was getting into bed I heard these funny noises going off I discovered later, as far as I know, it was propane tanks going off.”

“There was a heavy knock on the door and my mum came in and said there’s been a fire in the Stardust. My sister and her two best friends were in the venue.”

“And I had to hop on my motorcycle and drive around the city. I first went to the Mater. And when I was in there it was the most extraordinary sight I had ever seen.”

Liam continued: “There were people arriving in police cars, ambulances. One particular guy who put the hair up on the back of my neck. There was a local thug in Coolock – this is the kind of guy you cross the road if you saw him coming along.”

“And I saw this guy coming in and the skin had been burnt off the back of his hands and the skin was hanging down off his hands like a pair of inside out gloves.”


“A nurse was running up to him and I heard him say, ‘Look there are people worse than me. I’m okay leave me alone for a minute.’ Because whatever he had seen there had shocked him into reality and it was just jaw-droppingly, appalling.”

After searching and searching for his sister Maria, Liam eventually found her and her friend in the then Jervis Street Hospital.

He said: “So I discovered her in a camp bed her and her friend in Jervis Street Hospital. She was wearing a white woolen dress that was almost completely black.”

“She escaped death by the skin of her teeth,” Liam added.