Sunday 28 December 2014

O'Carroll: If Agnes had my mum's education she'd have been a TD

Published 17/06/2014 | 02:30

Brendan O'Carroll (right) with Mrs Brown's Boys co-stars Rory Cowan and O'Carroll's wife Jennifer Gibney at the opening of the Mrs Brown exhibition yesterday
Brendan O'Carroll (right) with Mrs Brown's Boys co-stars Rory Cowan and O'Carroll's wife Jennifer Gibney at the opening of the Mrs Brown exhibition yesterday
Brendan O Carroll and actress wife Jennifer Gibney pictured at the opening of his exhibition "Mrs Brown D'Exhibition" at The Little Musuem of Dublin this evening. The exhibition tells the story of his life of Brendan O Carroll and the story of Agnes Brown, a typical Dublin mammy who happens to have millions of fans all over the world. With her roots in Moore Street of Brendans childhood, the character reflects old Dublin, Yet Mrs Brown is also a tribute to mammies in every age and every country, Brendan will host the World Premiere of his movie " Mrs Brown's Boys D'Movie at The Savoy Cinema in Dublin next week. The exhibition will run until July 20th. Pictures:Brian McEvoy No Repro fee for one use
Glenda Gilson at the opening of the exhibition "Mrs Brown D'Exhibition" at The Little Museum of Dublin this evening. Pictures:Brian McEvoy
Brendan O Carroll and actress wife Jennifer Gibney pictured at the opening of his exhibition "Mrs Brown D'Exhibition" at The Little Museum of Dublin this evening. Pictures:Brian McEvoy
Leanne Moore pictured at the opening of THE exhibition "Mrs Brown D'Exhibition" at The Little Museum of Dublin this evening. Pictures:Brian McEvoy
Brendan O Carroll pictured at the opening of his exhibition "Mrs Brown D'Exhibition" at The Little Museum of Dublin this evening. Pictures:Brian McEvoy
Brendan O Carroll and actress wife Jennifer Gibney pictured at the opening of his exhibition "Mrs Brown D'Exhibition" at The Little Musuem of Dublin this evening. Pictures:Brian McEvoy
Brendan O Carroll and actor Rory Cowan pictured at the opening of his exhibition "Mrs Brown D'Exhibition" at The Little Musuem of Dublin this evening. Pictures:Brian McEvoy

IT was an "overwhelming" evening for comedian Brendan O'Carroll as he unveiled 'Mrs Brown D'Exhibition' at the Little Museum of Dublin.

The temporary exhibition charts the rise of formidable matriarch and comedy character Agnes Brown a woman who, according to O'Carroll, shares many similarities with his late mother and former Labour TD Maureen.

"Mrs Brown is my mother without the education," he told the Irish Independent. "If Agnes had the education my mother had she would have been a TD not a Moore Street trader."

A picture of a nine-year-old Brendan standing beside his mother provoked the most emotional response from the comedian.

The image was taken the morning of O'Carroll's ninth birthday, later that day he would appear in court for stealing a bicycle bell and roll of Sellotape from Superquinn.

"I was sent to Borstal the next morning. It's the only picture I have of the two of us so it was painful seeing it but also lovely.

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"I wish she was still here to see all this but she'd be 107 this year so she probably wouldn't have a clue what was going on," he laughed.

Pieces of the 'Mrs Brown's Boys' set, ephemera from early stage shows, the infamous fat suit and stories from O'Carroll's life cover the walls of the museum.

Irish Independent

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