Shirley Temple Bar

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Shirley Temple Bar
Born Declan Buckley
Dublin, Ireland

Shirley Temple Bar (aka Declan Buckley) is a drag queen from Dublin, Ireland, whose name is a play on both Shirley Temple and a cultural area of Dublin city called Temple Bar. A 1997 winner of the Alternative Miss Ireland competition,[1] Shirley hosts a weekly bingo and drag show in Dublin's largest gay bar, The George, with fellow drag queens Veda, Davina Devine and Dolly Grip.[2] Alternative Miss Ireland helped ignite her career.[3]

Shirley presented the Irish National Lottery's Telly Bingo twice a week on Ireland's national broadcast channel, Raidió Teilifís Éireann (RTÉ) for three years. Shirley left the show in 2004 with her alter ego, Declan Buckley, taking over the spot. Shirley also provide her own theme song which she sang for the show, Telly Bingo Twice a Week, which was played out at the end of each edition, during her time on the show. This was removed following her departure from the show.

Featured on several documentaries for Irish and British television, an Irish language programme by broadcaster TG4 was nominated for an Irish Film and Television Award in 2003. She has a business degree.[4]


  1. ^ "A dress rehearsal for life". Irish Independent. Retrieved 3 June 2009. 
  2. ^ "Bingo with Shirley Temple Bar". The George. 6 November 2011. 
  3. ^ Mullally, Una (15 October 2011). "'Gay Christmas' is cancelled. So long, Alternative Miss Ireland". The Irish Times. Retrieved 15 October 2011. "The contest ignited the careers of Shirley Temple Bar and Katherine Lynch and has featured judges as diverse as Twink, David Norris, Marc Almond, Nell McCafferty, Ivana Bacik and Brendan Courtney." 
  4. ^ "Me and my money: Shirley Temple Bar". Irish Independent. 20 May 2010. Retrieved 20 May 2010. 

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