Brendan O’Carroll speaks of heartbreak at losing three family members in 12 months

Brendan O'Carroll

Irish star Brendan O’Carroll has given a moving interview about his heartbreak at losing three beloved family members in the space of 12 months.

The comedian, who usually has his fans in hysterics in the much-loved Mrs Brown’s Boys sitcom, made a poignant point about the importance of valuing the people in your life while they are there.

During the pandemic, O’Carroll suffered the loss of two of his sisters and his sister-in-law.

It was made all the more difficult due to him being based in Florida and unable to travel to spend time with them due to restrictions.

His sister Fiona passed away in March 2020. His eldest sister Maureen died in January 2021, and sister-in-law Ann passed away a month later.

The star said: “First of all, I tried to stay in touch with everyone as best as I could.

“On the other hand, I always tried to keep in mind that somebody was always having it worse than I was.

“And I know a lot of people who had it worse than us. But losing two sisters and a sister-in-law was tough and God is good.”

Thankfully O’Carroll was able to have one last laugh with Fiona.

His other sister Eilish told the Irish Mirror: “He was there to see her and got her talking and laughing and singing and I knew she was hanging on for him.

“They were very close, she was like a second mammy. Very much so. For her I know it was her wish to see him and she did and that was lovely.”

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