Sinn Fein's Barry McElduff's class clown persona falls flat

Famed for his “class clown” persona, the west Tyrone MP frequently posts light-hearted videos on social media
Andrew Madden

BARRY McElduff is well known for his zany sense of humour.

Famed for his "class clown" persona, the west Tyrone MP frequently posts light-hearted videos on social media.

Last year, he posted a video of himself going into "DUP territory" in the Stormont buildings to get a chocolate bar from the vending machine.

Strangely, Mr McElduff does seem to have a habit of taking pictures of himself with drink and foodstuffs on his head.

In the last 24 hours, at least four such pictures of the MP balancing drinks tins and a chocolate bar on his head have emerged online.

In December 2015, the then-west Tyrone MLA even graced the stage at Daly’s Comedy Club in Omagh for a stand up comedy set, however the politician did not pursue this career for long.

Mr McElduff is also known to have perform comedy sets at various Sinn Féin functions.

The Tyrone man has also ventured into the literary world, publishing two non-fiction books to date.

His first book, Keep er’ Lit, contained 92 short stories and anecdotes garnered from his experiences of republicanism, GAA and community activism - his latest offering, Sustain the Flame, looks back at how he has embraced social media.

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