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Mrs Brown (aka Brendan O'Carroll) joins forces with SVP to deliver festive food to families in feckin' need

Sarah-Jane Murphy

Published 02/12/2015 | 16:38

Families in Dublin and Kildare will sit down to a traditional Christmas dinner of turkey and ham thanks to the kindness of Mrs. Agnes Brown
Families in Dublin and Kildare will sit down to a traditional Christmas dinner of turkey and ham thanks to the kindness of Mrs. Agnes Brown
Brendan O'Carroll poses with the Best Comedy award for Mrs Brown's Boys during the National Television Awards at 02 Arena

More than 2,500 families in Dublin and Kildare will sit down to a traditional Christmas dinner of turkey and ham thanks to the kindness of Mrs. Agnes Brown, a.k.a. comedian Brendan O'Carroll.

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For the last five years the Finglas man has donated thousands of euros worth of food vouchers to the East Region of Society of St. Vincent de Paul (SVP) to provide festive meals for families.

In January 2015 he was named 'National Philanthropist of the year' by the Community Foundation of Ireland.

The judges said he won the accolade due to his consistent work with the SVP.

O'Carroll credits the charity with supporting his widowed mother and her 11 children in the 1960's.

In the authorised biography 'The real Mrs Brown' the 59-year-old recalls what he thought were 'his kind uncles, Vincent and Paul' calling to his mother's house to provide them with fuel and food.

O'Carroll went public as a charitable donor in 2013 in order to encourage people to continue to support charities following the revelations about executive pay at the Central Remedial Clinic.

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Liam Casey, President of the SVP East Region described O'Carrolls continuous generosity as "unbelievable".

"It is an imaginative yet practical way to help many families in need.

"Our volunteers know that the families who benefit from his generosity not only appreciate his action but take extra pleasure in knowing that it comes with the compliments of Mrs Brown, an iconic and internationally famous Dublin mother," he said.

The SVP East Region are continuing to receive calls for help at record levels, despite the improvement in sections of the economy.

In 2015 alone the East Region over 65,000 calls for help were processed.

"With such a level of calls our resources are fully stretched and we welcome all donations, whether financial or in the form of goods which can either be distributed directly to those in need or sold in our Vincent shops.

"The Irish public have been extremely generous to the SVP in the past and we are dependent on them to continue their support into the future." Casey said.

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