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Duffy leaps to defence of movie after racism claim


Joe Duffy

Joe Duffy

Mrs Brown's Boys

Mrs Brown's Boys

Brendan O'Carroll was presenting programme on the day

Brendan O'Carroll was presenting programme on the day


Joe Duffy

RTE radio host Joe Duffy has hit out at one of the State broadcaster's own shows after it criticised comic Brendan O'Carroll's movie 'Mrs Brown's Boys: D 'Movie'.

Mr Duffy, who was a guest panelist on RTE Radio One's 'Marian Finucane Show' yesterday, questioned a review by RTE's arts and culture show "Arena" which rated the movie with a mere half point out of 10.

"I was in Gorey for the weekend and I'm being stopped by people on the street talking about the movie and they all said they thoroughly enjoyed it," he told comedian and 'Mrs Brown's Boys' creator Brendan O'Carroll who was the guest host of the popular weekend radio slot yesterday.

Mr Duffy said he also questioned the critic's claims that the film was "racist, sexist and homophobic".

"That's a pretty serious charge," he said, noting that anyone "with even a cursory knowledge" of O'Carroll knows "there's not a racist bone in your body".

He turned the microphone on the host, O'Carroll, and asked the creator of the 'Mrs Brown's Boys' if such comments hurt members of his family, who co-star in the film and TV series. O'Carroll said they affected him "like a sieve" but he admitted that one review hurt his co-star and wife Jenny Gibney, who plays Agnes Brown's daughter Cathy. She was accused of "terrible acting" in the last scene.

"I thought that last scene with Jenny was absolutely stunning," he said.

Meanwhile, O'Carroll has said that he intends to proceed with a donation of €30,000 to a businessman despite Sunday newspaper reports about the man's financial troubles. During Saturday's show, the comedian pledged to give struggling entrepreneur Ned "Eddie" Molloy (61) the money to help him get back on his feet with a new retailing venture.

Mr Molloy, who previously owned the SuperValu store in Granard, Co Longford, revealed that he and his family faced a bleak future after he sold the business and invested heavily in the property market before the collapse.

O'Carroll said Mr Molloy was no doubt dismayed after details of his business debts were published in the 'Sunday Times' yesterday.

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"I'd like to have a chance to apologise to Eddie," he said.

"My intention in helping Eddie was not, as it turned out this morning in the Times, to shame him any further," he said.

"That wasn't my intention. The one thing that struck me about his story was here was a man, who like everybody else in that room, he had a story to tell and it wasn't a pretty story and he was under pressure. But the thing that struck me about him was that he had an idea that he thought would work and would get him out of trouble."

Mr Molloy declined to comment when contacted by the Irish Independent.

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