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'People are just looking for a leg up': Mrs Brown creator Brendan O’Carroll named National Philanthropist of the Year

Mrs Brown’s Boys creator Brendan O’Carroll was today named the National Philanthropist of the Year.

The accolade acknowledges O’Carroll’s ongoing work with the Saint Vincent de Paul Society. 

“People aren’t looking for hand-outs. People aren’t looking for anything for free,” he said.

“They’re just looking for a leg up.”

It’s been a good week for O’Carroll who scooped the award for Best Comedy at the National Television Awards this week.

“I didn’t think we were going to get it this year,” he said.

“I was thrilled and receiving the Philanthropist award is a huge honour.”

Now in it’s seventh year, the awards ceremony was attended by Keith Duffy and Mary Kennedy.

The luncheon was hosted by RTE broadcaster Marian Finucane.

“I’ve done this for quite a few years,” she said. “It’s always a great day with great people.”

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

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

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