Friday 24 March 2017

Australian fans drive €4m profit for Mrs Brown's Boys

Brendan O’Carroll as Mrs Brown and
Brendan O’Carroll as Mrs Brown and
Brendan O'Carroll pictured with his wife Jennifer Gibney

Gordon Deegan

That's nice … the global success of Brendan O'Carroll's foul-mouthed mammy Agnes Browne resulted in three O'Carroll firms recording combined profits of just under €4m last year.

The Dubliner recently admitted to an awards audience here that he is not a millionaire but a multi-millionaire and it is easy to see why with the new figures.

O'Carroll's 'Mrs Brown's Boys' has long been a ratings winner in Ireland and the UK, but new accounts show Australian fans were the main driver behind the franchise's profits last year. An audience of over one million watch each episode of 'Mrs Brown's Boys' in Australia.

On top of this, O'Carroll and the entire cast of the series completed a 30-date sell out tour there in 2014 and figures from O'Carroll's Australian firm, Mrs Brown's Boys Australia Pty Ltd, show that it recorded profits of €3.018m in 2014 on the back of the tour.

Separate figures show that another O'Carroll firm, the Irish based Boc Productions Ltd enjoyed profits last year of €388,482 while a third firm, Boc Pix Ltd enjoyed profits of €505,525 in 2014.

In total, the three firms recorded profits of €3.894m.

The cash pile at a fourth O'Carroll firm, Mrs Brown's Boys Ltd last year reduced from €2.9m to €162,403 - the firm was owed an additional €1.65m by debtors.

Irish Independent

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