Mrs Brown sends warm message to Wales’ longest serving cleric
One of Ireland’s favourite TV and movie characters has sent a special message to a long serving cleric in a church in Wales.
Canon Graham Francis gave the final service of his career, which had seen him become Wales’ longest serving cleric at the weekend.
He is much loved by his congregation and received plenty of good wishes, but he didn’t expect a message from a celebrity fan – Mrs Brown’s Boys matriarch Agnes Brown.
Mrs Brown, who is played by Dublin comedian Brendan O’Carroll, sent in a video message to Father Graham and it was played during the service at St Mary the Virgin Church in Butetown, Cardiff.
Mrs Brown sent a warm message to Father Graham, but couldn’t resist a little gentle ribbing.
She said: “Hello! This is a very special message of congratulations to Father Graham from St Mary’s docks in Cardiff.
“Father Graham, I don’t think you understand how much of an impact you’ve had in this parish.
“Before you came everybody loved the parish – and hopefully when you’re gone it will be the same. You’ve done a wonderful job, everybody loves you, and good luck in your retirement.
“This is Agnes Brown, News at Ten, saying goodbye.”
Father Graham, who had given 40 years of his life to the church is a huge fan of Mrs Brown and was delighted with the message – which came after his friend and parish member Eleanor Williams sent a request to the BBC show.
Ms Williams told Wales Online: “Mrs Brown’s Boys is Father Graham’s favourite show.
“I contacted the Mrs Brown’s Boys website and said what a terrific man Father Graham is and that if Mrs Brown could send him a message that would make his day.
“Brendan O’Carroll himself replied so I knew I was onto something.”
There were over 350 people in attendance at Father Graham’s final service. He said: “The service was lovely. It was nice to see so many people send their well-wishes.”
Take a look at the video below.