Sunday 19 November 2017

Care centre revamp 'best we've done' -- TV's Brennan brothers

Conor Dillon (16) with TV hoteliers John and Francis Brennan after the hoteliers revamped the respite centre CASA Breakhouse in Malahide, Co Dublin, for a Christmas TV special
Conor Dillon (16) with TV hoteliers John and Francis Brennan after the hoteliers revamped the respite centre CASA Breakhouse in Malahide, Co Dublin, for a Christmas TV special
Laura Butler

Laura Butler

TELEVISION hoteliers John and Francis Brennan have given a respite centre the best Christmas they could ask for.

The Christmas instalment of RTE's 'At Your Service' is the result of fan Conor Dillon (16), getting in touch with the Kerry-based brothers and challenging them to revamp CASA Breakhouse in Malahide, Co Dublin.

CASA is a charity-run centre that provides one-to-one care for people with physical disabilities, and Conor -- who is wheelchair confined -- visits twice a year.

After receiving Conor's request, the Brennans took on an epic three-week refurbishment.

"We've done over 60 programmes to-date, but this has to be the best we've ever done," John told the Irish Independent.

"Conor was a joy to be around; he has such an infectious personality," he said.

One of the charity's secondhand clothing stores has now been transformed into a true fashion boutique -- with the Brennans enlisting the help of Brown Thomas to help redecorate, while the restaurant in Clontarf was relaunched with new signature dishes and a party evening.

The 'At Your Service' Christmas Special will be screened on December 26 at 8pm on RTE 1.

Irish Independent

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