Strabane's famous 'fast talker' dies

Published Wednesday, 05 January 2011
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A Strabane man, famed for his fast talking, has died at the age of 90.

George Cunningham's interview with UTV reporter Charles Witherspoon became the stuff of legends after he spoke at a mile-a-minute when asked for his opinion on the town's high unemployment.

Witherspoon could barely get a question in as 'the fast talker' told him exactly what he thought of the lack of jobs in the area.

The clip has been shown numerous times all over the world including the TV blooper show, It'll Be Alright on the Night.

Mr Cunningham, of Mourne Place, Strabane, died peacefully at Woodmount Nursing Home on Tuesday.

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keree cunningham in Strabane wrote (1,120 days ago):
u wer the best grandad in the world. i miss u so much. The legend of george cunningham will live on thru ur family. MR MAXWELL "Goodbye George, from a better Strabane man than you!" that comment is uncalled for. have a little respect for my grandfather. hope ur with nana nw grandad sleep night. love u loads.xoxoxox
mazzer in England wrote (1,311 days ago):
I just loved this clip and remeber it so well, he certainly was a passionate man about his cause, iIam so sorry to hear of his passing. RIp you ahev entertained so many people for many years. Sincere condolences to all his family. RIP George, Bless you.
kieran cunningham in galway ireland wrote (1,332 days ago):
i would love to get a copy of this he was my grandfather how would i go about this could someone please email me and let me know
Keith Law in Belfast wrote (1,334 days ago):
Turns out he actually inspired a Fry and Laurie sketch i the 80s http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=USGcOW-o0v0
Steven in Co Antrim wrote (1,335 days ago):
Filmed in the early to mid sixties and not the 70s. I have heard one local radio presenter in my view that can talk nearly as quick! Sorry to hear of Mr Cunninghams passing.
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