Monday 22 July 2019

Brendan O'Carroll named Philanthropist of Year

Brendan O’Carroll with his wife Jennifer, children Eric and Fiona and her husband Martin Delany (centre back) after he received the award. Photo: Steve Humphreys. Photo: Steve Humphreys
Brendan O’Carroll with his wife Jennifer, children Eric and Fiona and her husband Martin Delany (centre back) after he received the award. Photo: Steve Humphreys. Photo: Steve Humphreys
Kirsty Blake Knox

Kirsty Blake Knox

Fresh from his success at the National Television Awards, 'Mrs Brown's Boys' creator Brendan O'Carroll was delighted to be named the National Philanthropist of the Year.

The accolade acknowledges O'Carroll's commitment and support of the Saint Vincent de Paul, a charity which supported his widowed mother 50 years ago.

"People aren't looking for hand-outs, people aren't looking for anything for free," he told the Irish Independent.

"They're just looking for a leg up."

Now in it's seventh year, the Philanthropist Award luncheon was attended by last year's winner Keith Duffy and Mary Kennedy.

The event was hosted by RTÉ broadcaster Marian Finucane.

The Brian Wilson Award went to Jim and Adeline Callery for their contribution to cultural projects in Co Roscommon.

And BNY Mellon received the Corporate Philanthropist of the Year award.

Irish Independent

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