Next week will mark my four month anniversary as a contributor at The Blog of Funny Names. Can you believe it?! Doesn’t it feel like I’ve been talking here for at least fourteen months by now?!?
Wait; don’t answer that.
That’s not the point.
The point, fellow funny-name enthusiasts, is that I feel like we’ve established a deep and meaningful bond here. I mean, I swoon over my multitudes of Imaginary Boyfriends and you manage not to switch off your computer monitors; I rave about Television Shows That You’ve Never Heard Of and you refrain from reporting me to Dave and the boys; I make awkward acapella jokes and you still arrive to catch the latest Funny Names in the News every week …
I so appreciate you letting my geek flag fly around here, is what I’m saying. After all, if we didn’t have this connection, then I wouldn’t be able to introduce you to Fionnula Flanagan!
As with the subject of my inaugural BoFN post, Paulo Costanzo, I first spotted Fionnula’s fantastic name on my television screen. The difference, aside from some really awesome alliteration, is that Fionnula stars in of one of my favourite science fiction series, which is not something I would have shared with you in the early stages of our relationship.
But you and I both know we’ve moved way beyond that now.
Back to Fionnula: she was born and raised in Dublin, where her parents, Rosanna McGuirk and Terence Niall Flanagan wanted her to be fluent in both English and Irish. That education paid off when she got her big break: the role of Máire in the Telefís Éireann production of the Irish language play, An Triail. Her performance earned her a Jacob’s Award, which is the not-really-funny-named Irish version of the Emmy Awards. Luckily for us, Fionnula then proceeded to transcend this cultural difference by tackling a series of really-very-funny-named characters in television and film, including:
- Gerty McDowell in “Ulysses”
- Clothilde in “Rich Man, Poor Man”
- Aimee Malissa “Teensy” Whitman in “Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood”
More recently, Fionnula is known to geeks like me for her recurring characters on
supernatural series such as “Star Trek: The Next Generation” and “Lost”. Perhaps her selection of genre fare is the secret to her success, because at age 72 she shows no signs of slowing down, and is currently showing up in my living room every week as Nicolette “Nicky” Riordon in “Defiance“.
Well, I think that about wraps it up for me today! Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m off to construct a miniature TARDIS out of popsicle sticks while listening to The Cranberries. Top o’ the morning to you all!