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Rory Cowan ordered ex best pal Twink to leave his mother's funeral saying, 'this is for friends and family, and you're neither'

Dublin Live logo Dublin Live 09/11/2018 William Dunne
Adele King et al. looking at the camera © Provided by Trinity Mirror Shared Services Limited

Panto star Rory Cowan told ex-best pal Twink to leave when she tried to approach him at his mum's funeral yesteday.

The grieving former Mrs Brown's Boys star told the pantomime dame he had "no time" for her and ordered her to go home from the funeral service. 

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The two - who where once so close that Rory helped to pay Twink's mortgage after she fell behind on repayments - fell out last year over panto roles.

Rory Cowan at his mum's funeral; Rory Cowan at his mum's funeral;

Speaking to the Irish Mirror, Cowan said today: "There has been bad blood between us for over a year now and there have been dreadful things said that can't be unsaid.

"She came over and tipped me on the shoulder and I told her: 'You shouldn't be here. This event is for family and friends and you are neither. Go home.'

The devastated actor's mum Esther sadly passed away aged 85 on Monday.

Panto queen Twink - whose real name is Adele King - was one of hundreds of mourners who attended the service at the Church of the ­Ascension of the Lord in south Dublin.

She apparently said she drove home in tears after the exchange in front of a "packed" crowd.

She reportedly told the Irish Sun: "If you can’t offer an old friend sympathy on the death of their mother, there is no hope for anyone.

a woman walking down a street © Credits: Collins

"I came out of the church and saw Rory standing at the back of his mother’s coffin. I would have gone around him but the crowd was too big. It was too narrow a margin to get by.

"I wasn’t going to go up to Rory but it was ­awkward to get out without going by him.

"I had my head down and I tapped his arm and told him, ‘You have my sympathies on Esther’.

“But Rory said, ‘That’s right, you just keep walking. You get out of here. This is for family and friends, you are not welcome here, go on, get out of here, keep walking.’

a group of people sitting in front of a crowd © Credits: Collins “There was a packed crowd around us. People thought he was joking but realised he wasn’t. I thought the ground would open up and swallow me.

“I had brought a little card which I never got to give to him. I was that upset I drove away from the church blinded with tears.”

Grieving Cowan spoke at the funeral mass and told mourners "I'm so glad she was my mother".

Rory also shared a hilarious story about the time his mother met Cliff Richard and spent hours talking to him - about the trade union movement in Ireland.

He said: "She was chatting away to Cliff for hours and I was talking to everyone else and hoping that she wasn't boring him to death.

Rory with his late mum Esther Rory with his late mum Esther

"I said to her afterwards 'what were you talking about?' and she said the trade union movement.

"He said 'no, I loved it. My whole life since 1959 is just talking about showbusiness. Your mother didn't mention it once.' That was like a breathe of fresh air to him."

He added: "That was my mother. What happened outside her window, it didn't matter because she would talk about what she knew about. She would talk about her family, because she loved her family."

The Irish Mirror has contacted Twink for comment.

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