Thursday 8 December 2016

That's nice! Mrs Brown lookalikes invade town

Ryan Nugent

Published 20/07/2015 | 02:30

Some of the nearly 100 people who dressed up for the Mrs Brown’s Boys-themed world record attempt at the Finglas Festival in Dublin yesterday. Photo: Stephen Collins
Some of the nearly 100 people who dressed up for the Mrs Brown’s Boys-themed world record attempt at the Finglas Festival in Dublin yesterday. Photo: Stephen Collins

That's nice! A crowd of Mrs Brown lookalikes invaded Finglas and set a world record for dressing up as the comedy character.

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Nearly 100 turned up in Mrs Brown garb, but only 65 had costumes which met the strict dress code for the world-record rules. However, a new record was achieved on the final day of the Finglas Festival.

Comedian Brendan O'Carroll grew up in the Dublin suburb and the world record event was a tribute to the success of his award-winning television series 'Mrs Brown's Boys'.

Winner of the lookalike competition was local man Sean McMahon (32). At over six feet tall and weighing more than 17 stone, he said he had to be "bet into the clothes" for the competition.

"My fiancée Teresa encouraged me to enter at the last minute. It was great craic," he said.

The winner of third prize was a local woman whose real name is Agnes Brown.

Catherine Whelan, one of the organisers, said: "The Finglas Festival was a great success. It ran for 12 years, but stopped 15 years ago. It was great that the community brought it back.

"It was a great family event. The Opera in the Open, in the gardens of the local council offices on Wednesday, was attended by more than 150 people and there was a public reading by Dublin's 'poet laureate' Paula Meehan on Friday."

Irish Independent

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