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It's split loyalties as 'Mrs Brown's Boys' stars prepare for Croker clash

Greg Harkin

Published 28/08/2014 | 02:30

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Dublin fan Danny O’Carroll, from ‘Mrs Brown’s Boys’, with his wife Amanda Woods, from Donegal, get ready for this weekend’s semi-final between Dublin and Donegal.The couple were at Lagan Harps ground outside Letterkenny, where Benny manages the junior team. Photo Brian McDaid

Mrs Brown's Boys will all be supporting Dublin in their epic battle with Donegal at Croke Park on Sunday.

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But one of them will have to upset his wife - and an entire village - in order to do so.

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.

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

The couple live in the village of Manorcunningham, 8km outside Letterkenny.

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Danny might manage the village soccer team Lagan Harps, but realises he will be on opposite sides from his players and the local community come Sunday.

"We're all going to The Orchard Bar in Letterkenny to watch the game," said Danny. "I know I'll probably be the only Dub in the place but I'm looking forward to it.

"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's home.

"Dublin are awesome at the moment, but you just don't know what will happen. I reckon it will be close and Dublin will win by three points; there will be a goal in it."

Amanda couldn't disagree more.

"There's a lot of hype about Dublin but I'm convinced Donegal are going to cause a massive upset," she said. "Dublin can dream all they want; it's going to be Donegal's year."

Even the couple's two boys are divided on the outcome.

Jamie, who is eight, has been following Dublin whilst his four-year-old brother Blake is very much a Donegal fan.

"I've managed to get Jamie on board but I've given up on Blake," laughed Danny.

"They're both Donegal fans really," said Amanda. "A good win for Donegal and Jamie will come back over."

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