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Sunday 13 July 2014

Millionaire comedian Brendan O'Carroll reveals childhood charity assistance

Mrs Brown's Boys star has pleaded for Irish people to still donate to charity despite top-ups scandal

Joyce Fegan

Published 20/12/2013|23:35

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Guests arrive at the last Late Show Show before Christmas pre-record, RTE, Dublin, Ireland - 19.12.13. Pictures: G. McDonnell / Cathal Burke / VIPIRELAND.COM *** Local Caption *** Brendan O'Carroll & wife Jenny O'Carroll
Brendan O'Carroll & wife Jenny O'Carroll

Irish comic Brendan O’Carroll, who revealed he benefited from charity as a boy, has weighed in on the ‘top-up’ debate.

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“It would be a shame to stop giving to charity,” the creator of Mrs Brown’s Boys said on the recent controversy surrounding the Central Remedial Clinic (CRC). He told the Late Late Show we should be focusing on the great work of charities instead.

“I grew up in Finglas as the son of a widow and two men called to the house every Friday night,” explained the comic.

He believed the two men to be uncles and they came asking his mother if she had enough fuel and food. "They were very, very generous to me,” the comedian said.

In proportion, charities were a lot better to him, than he is to charities today, admitted the TV star. To date Mr O’Carroll has donated €350,000 to charity.

His hit show has now made it big in a host of countries including Romania, Latvia, Iceland and the Czech Republic. Mr O’Carroll told the Late Late Show audience that Romanian TV executives had cut the “gay element” in their production of the show.

The comic also spoke about how Ireland had “lost its sense of community” during the boom developing an “every-man-for-himself attitude and it didn’t suit us”.

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