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Brendan O'Carroll's profits soar for 2011 as 'Mrs Brown's Boys' bring €250,000 home

Colm Kelpie

Published 13/12/2012 | 05:00

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COMEDIAN Brendan O'Carroll (right) will be hoping for another bumper Christmas for Mrs Brown and her Boys after his limited company raked in profits of almost €250,000 last year.

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The hit BAFTA award- winning TV show enjoyed a surge in profits in the financial year, up from €45,551 in 2010.

'Mrs Brown's Boys' was the most-watched show on TV last Christmas, with viewership figures of 800,000 and the Irish mammy is set to feature in two seasonal specials as part of RTE's Christmas line-up.

The national broadcaster is expecting record audiences for the half-hour episodes of 'Mrs Brown's Boys' on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day on RTE One.

The show, created and starring O'Carroll, tells the story of Mrs Brown – a fruit and vegetable stall worker in Dublin – and her family.

O'Carroll stars as the imposing matriarch and many of his own relatives star in the show. The 57-year-old comedian is known for his charitable work, and accounts filed with the companies office show Mrs Browns Boys Limited, in which he is a co-director with his wife and co-star, Jennifer Gibney, donated €41,806 to charities last year.

It was announced on Tuesday that the Dubliner will donate a substantial number of vouchers for festive food to the Society of St Vincent de Paul. The gesture will mean more than 1500 families in the Dublin area will enjoy a full turkey and ham dinner on Christmas Day.

The accounts also show that at the end of December last year the company had debts of €867,507 due for repayment within 12 months.

Attempts by the Irish Independent to contact O'Carroll yesterday proved unsuccessful.

However, he told BBC 'Breakfast' that the show was "pop comedy", and described Agnes Brown as a mammy "who absolutely adores her children".

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