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Wednesday 17 September 2014

Brendan O'Carroll gives away €30,000 live on air

Shocked guest blown away by generous offer from comic

Eimear Phelan

Published 28/06/2014 | 15:35

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Brendan O’Carroll pledged €30,000 of his own cash to one of his guests this morning while hosting the Marian Finucane Show on RTÉ.

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The Dublin born funny man is filling in for Marian Finucane this weekend on her 11am to 1pm slot. He had a number of guests on this morning's show to talk about Ireland's “new poor” and to tell their personal stories.

One of his guests, named on the show as Eddie, talked about his struggles with finding a new job in retail at the age of 61.

Eddie was later identified locally as Ned Molloy from Granard, Co Longford.

According to sources, Mr Molloy previously owned the Granard branch of Super Valu with 49 workers.

He told O'Carroll on the show that he has a business idea that is certain to work but was struggling to find funding.

O’Carroll responded to Eddie's tale of woe with a more than generous offer. “I’ll put €30,000 quid in front of you and see if that idea works.”

“I am a very very lucky guy, I have a movie [Mrs Brown’s Boys D’Movie] out this weekend and its going to make me a fortune!” the comic added.

His investment offer was met with shock by the guests in studio but O’Carroll laughed it off saying “[With] you being 61 me being 50-ish we’ll show just what two old men can do”

He did attach a caveat though, and told Eddie if his business plan does work, “you're not to dip into it now and start going playing golf”.

O'Carroll is from Finglas originally and is already known for his generosity. The actor donated €350,000 at Christmas to St Vincent De Paul and Irish Autism Action following the CRC scandal.

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