Tim McGarry

Tim McGarry was made a patron of Humanists UK for his exploration of the human condition through the arts.

Comedian and actor

Tim McGarry is a Northern Irish comedian, actor, and former lawyer best known for playing the part of Da in 73 episodes of the satirical comedy Give My Head Peace, which he also co-wrote. His other appearances include various roles in the the sketch show Dry Your Eyes, as well as other projects with his comedy troupe, theHole in the Wall Gang. A popular stand-up comedian, McGarry has been celebrated critics for being ‘sensitive, courageous, excoriating and funny… a comedian of the people, for the people’.

Tim was appointed the first patron of Northern Ireland Humanists in December 2016 and in his capacity as a patron, spoke at the official launch of Northern Ireland Humanists at Belfast Castle in May 2017.

Commenting on his appointment, Tim said, ‘I have reached that advanced stage in life when it is common to consider the meaning of life and the purpose of existence. After examining all the objective evidence I have reluctantly come to the conclusion that I will never be asked to play centre forward for Cliftonville FC.

‘It is scant compensation for that loss but nonetheless a huge honour to be asked to be the first patron of Northern Ireland Humanists. I am delighted to be asked to support their work. I fully support the cause of integrated education as well as the campaign for a religious education curriculum that embraces all faiths and none.’