Cookstown-born comic Jimmy Cricket awarded knighthood by the Pope

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Cookstown-born comic Jimmy Cricket has been awarded a papal knighthood for his services to charity.

Jimmy - whose real name is James Joseph Mulgrew - tweeted about the honour awarded by Pope Francis and expressed his delight.

In 2013 Jimmy Cricket’s son was ordained a priest.

Fr Frankie Mulgrew, 35, was ordained at Salford Cathedral in Manchester at a mass attended by his father and other family members from Cookstown.