Irish radio personalities learn about north county culture, Southern hospitality


Mary Gadeken — left, with Dermot Whelan and Dave Moore broadcasting "Laughternoons with Dermot and Dave" last week from her Baker living room — plans to visit the Irishmen on May 30.

MATTHEW BROWN / News Bulletin
Published: Sunday, May 18, 2014 at 04:55 PM.

BAKER — After a week of hosting Ireland's top radio personalities, resident Mary Gadeken has her sights set on exploring the Emerald Isle, and her guests are eager to return her hospitality.

"Mary is obsessed with castles so we're going to show her as many medieval castles as possible," Dermot Whelan, co-host of the 98FM show "Laughternoons with Dermot and Dave," said.

He and Dave Moore, of Dublin, were expecting Southern hospitality when they arrived in Baker, but their week in north Okaloosa County far exceeded their expectations, they said.

"It really has been everything we expected and more," Moore said. "We really learned a lot from being friends with Mary."

"Everything they say about Southern hospitality is true," Whelan said.

With their producer, Maria Devereux, and "resident tech nerd," Paul Bonass, the four Irishmen experienced north county culture, sampling food and soaking up local ambience.

On their first night at the Crestview Hampton Inn, a resounding noise kept the jetlagged quartet awake. Finally, with Bonass armed with recording equipment, they investigated.

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