'His mam cuts his toenails...' - Brian (26) caused a bit of a stir with This Crowded House viewers last night
A 26 year old Limerick man caused a bit of a stir with TV viewers last night when it was revealed that his mother still cuts his toenails.
Brian Barry featured on the second episode of Brendan Courtney's fascinating new series This Crowded House which aims to help young people who are still living at home with their parents to move out.
Brian, from Pallaskenry, has a girlfriend, Denise, but his parents have always tended to his every need, including cutting his toenails, a fact which shocked viewers of the RTE show.
Denise, run for your life! His mam cuts his toenails and will only move out to stay living in Pallaskenry #crowdedhouse— Caroline Nì Bharòid (@Carbar151) November 7, 2017
However, on the Ray D'Arcy Show on RTE Radio 1 on Tuesday Brian said the toenails reference was "a joke".
'It's like living in a five star hotel," he told Ray regarding why he still lives at home. "My mum pretty much done everything, most of my laundry, the cooking was divided between her and my father. My dad was my personal alarm clock in the morning."
Brian's dad woke him up every morning with a cup of tea in a travel mug to take to work.
I never understood the phrase Man child ....then I saw Brian on #ThisCrowdedHouse— Urlofcork (@urlofcork) November 7, 2017
However, his girlfriend of six months, Denise, felt it was time Brian stood on his own two feet and Brendan Courtney and financial advisor Eoin McGee helped him to cut down on the online gambling and his astronomical phone bill of €124 a month.
I love the girlfriends no nonsense approach to his spending and lack of responsibility #ThisCrowdedHouse— David Cashman (@Dapperdavecash) November 7, 2017
There was just one condition as far as Brian was concerned and that was he had to live in the local area of Pallaskenry where he was born and raised and which he considers the "greatest place on earth".
Pallaskenry memorabilia for sale including: t-shirts,toenail clippings,magets,sticky rock,hats,scarves and headbands #ThisCrowdedHouse— Kieran Barrett (@K_Barrett_92) November 7, 2017
Brian is a great ambassador for Pallaskenry! I feel like I need to go there! #thiscrowdedhouse— Rebecca Lee (@Rebeccaleemedia) November 7, 2017
In the end he signed a €560 a month lease and Denise keeps him in check. Viewers wish him the best but wonder how he'll fare looking after himself...
Delighted that Brian got the house in pallaskenry that he wanted. #thiscrowdedhouse— David Cashman (@Dapperdavecash) November 7, 2017
However, Brian has been living alone for three months now and is faring pretty well. Denise pops down "with her clipboard" to make sure he's keeping things ticking over and he has even cooked for her including chicken korma and added that she has "asked for seconds"!
This Crowded House takes a break next Tuesday but will return the following week, Tuesday November 21 on RTÉ 2.