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'I only had one girlfriend in my life... I was 17' - Francis Brennan on his love life as a teenager

In his most revealing interview, Francis Brennan tells Barry Egan about his love life as a teenager, breaking someone's heart, how his faith stops him 'charging after every woman I meet', loving The Clash, talking to his Aga and how death holds no fears

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Francis Brennan pictured in the  Merrion Hotel last week. Pic: Marc O'Sullivan

Francis Brennan pictured in the Merrion Hotel last week. Pic: Marc O'Sullivan

Francis Brennan and his brother John at the Park Hotel in Kenmare

Francis Brennan and his brother John at the Park Hotel in Kenmare

Francis Brennan outside the Taj Mahal during his Grand Tour of India

Francis Brennan outside the Taj Mahal during his Grand Tour of India

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Francis Brennan pictured in the Merrion Hotel last week. Pic: Marc O'Sullivan

Memo to hotel managers: if the star of RTE's hotel revamp show At Your Service Francis Brennan comes to stay in your establishment, please don't try to suck up to him by upgrading him to a suite. It will have the opposite effect you had hoped for. It will put the famously good-natured hotel guru in a rare fouler.

"I can't stand a suite. Because my pyjamas are over there and the bed is here, and then when I get up in the morning, my tooth brush is in there and my jacket is hung up over here. I like a compact room where everything is close to me. They are always very kind to me but please just give me an ordinary room, because I hate all this running around! But they mean well," Brennan beams, his 24-7 smile blinding me.

His eyes permanently a-twinkle, the proprietor of the five-star Park Hotel in Kenmare adds that he is off to America for three weeks for work, "selling Ireland". No better man than Francis Brennan to do that. It is impossible to come away after meeting him without feeling he should bottle his own brand of joie de vivre and sell it around the world. He'd make a fortune.


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