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Sunday 21 September 2014

It's no laughing matter as Mrs Brown's Boy is the only Dub in the Donegal village

By Greg Harkin

Published 28/08/2014 | 14:30

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Mrs Brown's Boys will all be supporting Dublin in their epic battle with Donegal at Croke Park on Sunday - but one of them will have to upset his wife, and an entire village, in order to do so.

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Danny O'Carroll, who plays Buster in the hit TV sitcom, is the real life husband of the actress who plays Betty Brown in the series, Amanda Woods.

She's a passionate Donegal woman who will be getting right behind Jim McGuinness' team in the All-Ireland semi-final.

The couple live in the village of Manorcunningham, outside Letterkenny.

Danny manages the village soccer team Lagan Harps.

He's also hedging his bets - and has just got himself the most unique Dublin jersey in the country - it has been signed on the back by Donegal captain Michael Murphy.

The Glenswilly club man has just opened a new sports store in Letterkenny and admitted: "It's the first time I've signed a Dublin top. I made an exception for Danny."

Danny and Amanda plan to watch the match at The Orchard Bar in Letterkenny.

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"I know I'll probably be the only Dub in the place but I'm looking forward to it," said Danny, a star in Brendan O'Carroll's (inset right) show.

"I have to be honest and say I'd feel very bad if Donegal lose. I've been living here 12 years now and it is home.

"Dublin are awesome at the moment. I reckon it will be close and Dublin will win by three points."

However, Amanda couldn't disagree more.

"I'm convinced Donegal are going to cause a massive upset," she insisted. "Dublin can dream all they want; it's going to be Donegal's year."

Danny - trying to keep the peace - admitted: "I'm a Dub at the end of the day and proud of it, but I have to admit I'd be chuffed to bits if Michael Murphy was to lift Sam again this year. He's a great lad and him signing my Dublin top makes it very special for me personally.

"I'm also hoping it might give me some level of protection in the pub."

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