Thursday 14 December 2017

Brendan O'Carroll reveals time spent as butler to Margaret Thatcher

Brendan O'Carroll
Brendan O'Carroll
Ken Sweeney

Ken Sweeney

COMEDIAN Brendan O'Carroll has revealed how he once spent four days as butler to Margaret Thatcher.

It was 1984, when the British PM jetted into Dublin for an EU leaders’ summit held at Dublin Castle.

Future Mrs Brown star O'Carroll was then attached to the hospitality team looking after the foreign leaders.

Now, 29 years later, O’Carroll told the Herald: “The first thing Mrs Thatcher said to me when she got out of the helicopter was that she wanted an Irish whiskey. She said it was her first time in Ireland and she had always wanted to try an Irish whiskey.”

From Finglas West, and the son of a Labour TD, the future BBC star, said he had already made his mind up about the British leader before he met her.

“I didn't like her. Being from a strong trade union family, a Labour family, I wasn't predisposed to like her, but at the same time, I was very professional in my gig and tried to look after her the best I could,” he said.

He says Mrs Thatcher worked around the clock, even after Brendan went to bed.

“I can remember being woken up one night by Mrs Thatcher's M15 security team, who told me that the prime minister wanted ‘hot milk and pepper’ in her apartment.

“I brought it down to her, and years later when RTE offered me a quiz show and asked what I should call it, I said Hot Milk And Pepper after Mrs T,” he added.

The Dublin Castle task meant Brendan didn't see his family for four days.

“I remember Mrs Thatcher asking me at one stage if I had kids? I said yes ‘Fiona and Danny' – she remarked that my kids must been missing me because I was away.

“And that's how it was, with me serving her all her meals and looking after her for four days.

“The weirdest thing was that at the end of the visit, when she was about to leave in her helicopter, I offered Mrs Thatcher a last cup of tea. She thanked me and said ‘no'.

“But then she added ‘I'm sure Fiona and Danny will be delighted to see you at home’.

She remembered my kids names days after I'd told them to her. What a pro,” he said.

However the comic says that he had mixed feelings when he heard about Mrs Thatcher's death.

“A family is mourning the loss of their mother but the miners in England, they had families and Bobby Sands had a family. There were too many negatives.”

Brendan O'Carroll returns to the US this week where he is completing work on two Christmas specials of Mrs Browns' Boys.

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