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Paul O'Grady's Country Life: Heart-warming and hilarious tales from Paul

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It’s all part of the fun, though, isn’t it? I wouldn’t want it to be plain sailing, to tell you the truth. I spent most of me childhood in Ireland,” Paul O’Grady said on RTÉ Radio 1′s Ryan Tubridy Show in 2015. “My family is down in Galway and Roscommon; they’ve got a farm there. I loved it as a kid.” O’Grady came when me Dad came over and joined the airforce. They slung an ‘O’ in front of the Grady, so that’s why I’m an O’Grady. I don’t think he could be bothered changing it ... He’s a true Irishman, me father, through and through.”

O’Grady and Portasio were married during a low-key wedding ceremony in 2017. – Additional reporting: PA Conor Capplis

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Born in a small area called Tranmere in Birkenhead, he moved down to London in the 80s and has now lived in Kent for more than two decades. Dog lover Paul O'Grady is often seen caring for various rescue dogs on his show, The Love of Dogs (Image: PA Photo/Battersea Dogs and Cats Home/ Shiver Production/ITV)

Introducing the three new furry friends to his fans, he wrote: "The latest addition to the gang. La Verne, Patty and Maxine - The Alpaca Sisters.Surrounded by beautiful countryside, you are spoilt for choice for walks there, as well as along the nearby Royal Military Canal or along Dymchurch beach. However, farm life isn’t always idyllic. In his book Country Life, the star said there’s a “real learning curve to living in a rural community”.

Born in Birkenhead, near Liverpool, O’Grady was born to Irish parents. His mother’s maiden name was Savage – which is believed to have inspired his famous drag alter ego, Lily Savage. His father came from Glinsk, Co Galway, and his mother from Co Louth. Paul O’Grady’s Country Life documents his Kent countryside lifestyle with some tongue-in-cheek jokes thrown in for good measure. I remember my dad when I was a kid used to say we were related to Irish royalty, and we all used to laugh at him,” he recalled. “He’d say: ‘King Athel of Glinsk.’ And there’s actually Glinsk castle, and I wonder if there’s any truth in it. I’d quite fancy being Irish royalty!”All that stems from my love of the farm when I was a kid in Glinsk, it never goes away stuff like that He will be greatly missed by his loved ones, friends, family, animals and all those who enjoyed his humour, wit and compassion. I know that he would want me to thank you for all the love you have shown him over the years.”

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