Friday 19 January 2018

D'Grand Marshal: O'Carroll to lead way on St Patrick's Day

Brendan O'Carroll on Moore Street in Dublin with Ella Hannon, (6) from Mountmellick, Co Laois and Eva Crean, (7) from Stepaside, Dublin. Photo: Robbie Reynolds
Brendan O'Carroll on Moore Street in Dublin with Ella Hannon, (6) from Mountmellick, Co Laois and Eva Crean, (7) from Stepaside, Dublin. Photo: Robbie Reynolds
Kirsty Blake Knox

Kirsty Blake Knox

'Mrs Brown's Boys' creator Brendan O'Carroll certainly looked the part as he was named the 2015 St Patrick's Day Grand Marshal yesterday afternoon.

Decked out in green, white and orange, the entertainer assured passers-by and Moore Street traders that it was a role he was born to play.

"I grew up in a Labour and a union household so I have spent a lot of time marching - mostly in protest," he laughed.

"I attended the Dublin parade in all weathers for over 50 years.

"From sitting on my sisters' shoulders to having my own children sitting on mine."

O'Carroll hastened to add that Agnes Brown would not be making an appearance on the day.

"The first question I asked was 'Do you want me or Mrs Brown to be in the parade?'.

"Thankfully, they wanted me so I am leaving the dress at home," he said.

"But I will be wearing something pretty outlandish because I am outlandish."

O'Carroll will lead the colourful procession through Dublin's city centre.

The theme of the 2015 parade is 'Celebrate Now', which ties in with the festival's three-year thematic journey of 'Past, Present and Future'.

Next year, festival organisers will mark the 1916 centenary celebrations by looking to the future and posing the question: "Who do we aspire to be in the next 100 years?"

More than 500,000 people are expected to attend the parade which will bring in an estimated €100m to the Irish economy. This four-day festival will include a range of free events including the popular Festival Céilí, Festival Big Day Out and the Festival Treasure Hunt.

The programme will officially be launched on February 24.

"The Dublin parade will be in the news headlines in every country in the world," O'Carroll said. "It is an honour to be Grand marshal and a bit overwhelming."

Irish Independent

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