D’Unbelievables Jon ‘doing brilliantly’ after triple bypass operation

Aine Fitzgerald

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Aine Fitzgerald

COUNTY Limerick’s most famous funnyman Jon Kenny is “back to form” and looking forward to a family Christmas at home having undergone a triple heart bypass.

COUNTY Limerick’s most famous funnyman Jon Kenny is “back to form” and looking forward to a family Christmas at home having undergone a triple heart bypass.

The Hospital native underwent surgery at a Dublin hospital three weeks ago having initially thought he had a chest cold after experiencing chest pains.

Having attended his doctor, the comedian was rushed to hospital for the emergency surgery.

He is now recovering at his home outside Bruff and doing “brilliantly” according to his wife Margy.

“He is after putting up the Christmas tree and cooking the dinner here. He is doing completely brilliantly,” Margy told the Limerick Leader this week.

“He is completely fine. He has made a brilliant recovery. They say it takes six weeks but I think he is fairly back to form,” she added.

This is Jon’s second major health scare. In 2000, the father-of-two was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

In 2004 he was given the all-clear but admitted he found it “awful hard” to get back up on stage after being ill.

In recent times he has been in good health, performing again to sell-out audiences with ‘D’Unbelievables’ which he formed in the late 1980s with Pat Shortt.

D’Unbelievables have enjoyed almost cult status with their high-energy live shows travelling around Ireland entertaining many with glimpses inside the surreal side of Irish rural society.

Concerns were raised amongst D’Unbelievables fans when Jon failed to appear on the Late Late Show a fortnight ago. Pat Shortt told Ryan Tubridy that his side-kick had to have a medical procedure.

He added that the D’Ubelievables duo plan to go on tour again but “not in the immediate future”.

Jon who is also an actor, musician and singer has performed on stage with theatre groups such as The Island Theatre company in Limerick and has appeared on television series including Father Ted on Channel 4 and The Fitz on BBC.