Opinion Analysis

Saturday 25 November 2017

Brendan's mammy: the fearless crusading TD

Trail-blazing Labour TD Maureen O'Carroll still inspires her son Brendan's comedy, says John McEntee

Brendan O'Carroll as Mrs Browne
Brendan O'Carroll as Mrs Browne

John McEntee

Television critics remain vociferous in their near universal condemnation of Brendan O'Carroll's crude, rude and vulgar comedy Mrs Brown's Boys. But no one seems to be listening to the critics.

Without even adding the RTE viewing figures, O'Carroll's Frankenstein creation was watched by an astonishing 9.4 million viewers on Christmas Day. It was the BBC's most popular offering over the festive season -- attracting a bigger audience than Doctor Who, Sherlock and Downton Abbey.

Yet while such a vast audience clearly found hilarious the F-word-littered antics of the cross-dressing Dublin comic O'Carroll, there is one woman who might not be amused: O'Carroll's late mother Maureen, a trail-blazing and campaigning Labour Party TD in the 1950s.

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