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'This business is very tough but there's an audience for everyone', says IFTA Television Awards Lifetime winner Brendan O'Carroll

Elaine McCahill

Published 23/10/2015 | 07:18

22/10/15Brendan OCarroll and wife Jennifer Gibney pictured at the IFTA Gala Television Awards 2015…Pic Stephen Collins/Collins Photos
22/10/15Brendan OCarroll and wife Jennifer Gibney pictured at the IFTA Gala Television Awards 2015…Pic Stephen Collins/Collins Photos

Brendan O'Carroll was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award for Comedy at the IFTA TV awards last night but the Dubliner said he's "only getting started".

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The Mrs Brown's Boys creator couldn't contain his delight as he led his wife Jennifer Gibney and his family up the red carpet.

"You haven't seen anything yet," he told the Herald. "I think it is more recognition that it's taken us a lifetime to get here.

"I still feel 25, we'll be celebrating in our pyjamas and a cup of tea - we're not the ravers we used to be." While they might be viewed as an overnight success in other countries, Brendan said people at home know how hard they've worked for their success.

"The rest of the world think we just popped up. But everybody in the Academy and everybody in this country is aware how long it took us to get where we are and what went into it," he said.

"And for someone to say, 'You know what? Well done' means a lot to us.

"This business is a very tough business and it is all about opinions - one man's gold is another man's trash but there is an audience for everyone and having the perseverance to get up every day and go again and go again.

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"Sometimes you have to stop looking for your audience -sometimes you have to just keep doing what you are doing and your audience will find you," he added.

The 60-year-old has achieved huge success and said his bucket list is empty as all his family are working with him now.

"Danny my son started out at 15 sweeping the stage - he now plays Buster," he said.

"Fiona my daughter came out from DIT took a year's leave and joined us, she now plays Maria.

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"My wife Jenny plays my daughter, my sister is in there and my grandson plays my grandson.

"Eric, my youngest, he graduated from Ballyfermot doing his diploma in directing.

"He was the last one to join us and that's my company complete," he added,

Meanwhile, next year is set to be his busiest yet as not only are they touring Australia with the stage show but they are also set to film the second Mrs Brown's Boys movie in Dublin next September.

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