Saturday 22 October 2016

Brendan O’Carroll comes to the rescue of J1 students robbed in the US

David Kearns

Published 12/06/2015 | 15:19

Comedian Brendan O’Carroll proved he was a real 'Irish Mammy' as he came to the rescue of two Irish backpackers left stranded in Orlando after they were robbed of most of their possessions.

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The star of Mrs Browns Boys said he would have someone out to help the pair within the hour after he heard one of their mothers call into RTE’s Liveline asking for help.

Speaking from Newcastle ahead of a show this evening, Mr O’Carroll said: “I’ve someone down there who can meet up with them and give ‘em a few hundred dollars to get by and help them sort out whatever it is they'll need for the Irish embassy.

“I’ll get someone down there within the hour to look after them, and they’ll take it from there step by step to get them what they need.”

Brendan O'Carroll
Brendan O'Carroll

Mr O’Carroll reassured worried mum Fiona Hennessy that everything would be ok, adding he understood how “terrifying a feeling it is when your kids are away and you can’t do anything to help them.” 

“As soon as I heard, I called a girl I know in Florida to be on standby in case I could help.

“I can hear how upset Fiona is, and how, as a 20-year-old, un-upset her son is,” he joked.

Speaking to Joe Duffy, Ms Hennessy said her son had been robbed within minutes of booking into a hotel in Orlando in Florida while on a J1 visa with a friend.

Brendan O'Carroll as Mrs Brown
Brendan O'Carroll as Mrs Brown

“Everything is gone, their passports, their visas, their credit cards, bank cards, all their money. They were only booked in less than 30 minutes when it happened.

“The police reckon it was an inside job, and when I called the hotel, they said it had been summer staff who had gave out the key,” she added.

Ms Hennessy said all the pair had been given by the hotel were “some toothbrushes”.

Calling in to the show, her son Dylan was adamant he was not going to let the theft ruin his J1 experience.

“The only reason we’ve got clothes is because I caught one of them coming out with the last bag. I chased after him and he dropped it and ran,” he said.

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