Saturday 24 February 2018

'Mrs Brown is more out there than I will ever be', says Mattress Mick

Taking the Mick: Mattress king. Photo: Steve Humphreys
Taking the Mick: Mattress king. Photo: Steve Humphreys
SLEEPING GIANT: Mattress Mick, aka Michael Flynn, at his Coolock store. Photo: Steve Humphreys
Mattress Mick

Sean O'Grady

He is nominated for Best Dub at 98FM's Best of Dublin awards and Michael 'Mattress Mick' Flynn has admitted he is constantly stopped on the street by fans of his larger-than-life character.

Mr Flynn, who owns two Mattress Mick stores in Coolock and Pearse Street, is up against Mrs Brown's Boys star Brendan O'Carroll, Chopped entrepreneur Brian Lee and singer Glen Hansard.

"I think one of the reasons I got nominated is because I'm out there. People know me ," he told the Herald.

"I've been very fortunate in the publicity I've been given. I get stopped on the street all the time.

Mattress Mick
Mattress Mick

"It's all good. There's no ill feelings, everything is positive with people, which I think is fantastic. Nobody has anything bad to say.''

Despite his popularity, Mick reckons Finglas granny Mrs Brown will be tough to beat.

"I was very surprised actually, I didn't expect it," he said.

"I'm up against some serious competition. I think Brendan is more out there than I will ever be."

Thrilled by reception: Brendan O’Carroll as Mrs Brown. Photo: Graeme Hunter
Thrilled by reception: Brendan O’Carroll as Mrs Brown. Photo: Graeme Hunter

Mr Flynn's 'Mattress Mick' alias was born out of the recession, which almost drove him out of business for good.

"During the recession, things didn't work out too well so we reinvented ourselves. It's fun, it's a bit of craic," he said.

"It was actually a clothes shop and now it's a Mattress Mick store. In 08/09 I had to close up and out of that came Mattress Mick."

Award categories cover all the best services Dublin has to offer, including local legends, favourite food and drink venues and bus drivers.

Joe Mooney, from Raheny Community First Responder group, is nominated for Unsung Hero at this year's awards.

"If someone calls an ambulance for a heart attack, a stroke, a cardiac arrest, we automatically get a text from the ambulance service and respond with our own car and start treatment before the ambulance," he said.

"We teach free first aid courses and free CPR. I think we have increased public awareness around health and fitness.

"We're hopefully increasing the chance of someone having a cardiac arrest survival outside of hospital," he added.

Other nominees for this year's awards include the Crumlin Boxing Club for Best Sports Club, Philly McMahon and Robbie Brady for Best Sportsperson and Drumcondra's Active You for Best Gym.

The awards ceremony takes place on Tuesday, May 23, in The RDS.


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