I couldn’t let Fiona start a walk from St Patrick’s Street Cork to Belfast without doing part of it with her – so here we are pre set off.
I couldn’t let Fiona start a walk from St Patrick’s Street Cork to Belfast without doing part of it with her – so here we are pre set off.
My fabulous niece Fiona is walking from Cork to Belfast to raise funds for a wonderful charity – Billy’s World Ireland. On Thursday night we both did a Q&A session at The Oyster Bar in Cork to help raise a few Euro more.
Back at RTE to discuss the headlines with Nuala & Daithi on The Today Show
You can catch me on The Afternoon Show on RTE One at 4pm on Monday 17th October – I’m looking forward to a good old chinwag !
I was recently interviewed by The Irish Independent about my upcoming Live Love Laugh tour, my realisation in my 40’s that I was a lesbian, and why the number 40 bus holds so many memories!
Why not join my official fan club on Facebook – you may even catch me online at “The Stage Door” chatroom! You’ll find lots of info and photo’s on the page.
I was honored to be asked to The Pride of Ireland Awards and delighted to present an award to such a worthy group . Such heartwarming stories of courage, determination and selflessness, it was an amazing night.
The final show of my 2014/2015 tour will be at The Pavilion Theatre Dun Laoghaire – it’s been amazing!
What a fantastic night at The Everyman Palace Theatre – so many friends in the audience and the reception as I walked out was just amazing. thank you all so much.
Thursday 19th Feb sees me at The National Opera House, Wexford – tickets are selling well and I’m so looking forward to it.
One night only in County Kerry – Siamsa Tire Friday 13th February
I’m back in beautiful County Galway at the Town Hall Theatre on Thursday 12th February
So excited to be playing at An Grianan, Letterkenny in beautiful County Donegal!
I’m so happy to be bringing my show up to the north of the country.
Those of you who follow what’s happening in Ireland will be aware of the whole Garth Brooks fiasco – for those not in the know. The Singer was supposed to perform 5 sell out shows at Croke Park, Dublin. Unfortunately the council would only licence 3…..so the compromise was zero and the tour was cancelled. Which was very unfortunate for the people who had booked flights and hotels for the shows!
My good friend John Murphy wrote a topical little ditty called “The night that Garth Brooks nearly came to town” – So here we are performing on the John Murray show on RTE Radio1. Wild Bill Hickey and the Blue Bulls…..never going to make number one, but it’s a bit of fun, and who can resist that?
After the frenzy of D’Movie Premiere I returned home to West Cork where I was interviewed for the Southern Star. You can find the interview below.
EILISH O’Carroll loved the fact she was coming back home to West Cork after the whirlwind of media attention around the opening of Mrs Brown’s Boys D’Movie. She doesn’t bother looking at the ratings, but if she did she would see a smash hit currently topping the box office across Ireland and the UK.
Her character is Winnie McGoogan, neighbour and confidante of Agnes Brown, the irreverent Dublin matriarch played by her brother Brendan.
It all started in Cork in the Everyman Theatre in 1999 when Mrs Brown’s Boys began touring. Recalling the pandemonium backstage before the performance she says: ‘We had no time for a dress rehearsal, nails were still being hammered into the set just before the curtain went up. After a few minutes into it, peals of laughter rang out from the audience –then we knew we were on to a winner. The Corkonians loved it.’
Playing Glasgow in 2009 the show caught the attention of BBC producer Stephen McCrum, and was subsequently filmed as a TV series securing prodigious ratings, not only in Ireland and the UK, but more recently in Australia. Eilish is still reeling from the euphoria of standing in front of audiences of 7,000 people there.
Over a cup of tea at her Castletownshend home, she reminiscences about her childhood in Dublin, and what it was like growing up as the second youngest of a family of ten, with Brendan being the ‘baby’ of the family.
‘My mother used to crack up laughing at Brendan’s antics, trying to keep a straight face while reprimanding him was not easy.’
Their mother, Maureen O’Carroll was a Labour TD for Dublin North-Central, serving from 1954-57. Eilish is researching her life story with a view to writing a book.
‘As she was in politics, we were the only house in Finglas that had a phone.’ She recalls frequently having tea interrupted when it would ring and a voice at the other end would ask to speak to a neighbour. ‘It was often an emigrant calling from a phone box in England,’ she says. ‘One of us kids would be sent off to get the requested person and they would call back after ten minutes.’
Part of the appeal of the Mrs Brown phenomenon lies in the nostalgia people feel for a disappearing era in Ireland. Keys were permanently left in doors and neighbours walked freely in and out of each other’s houses.
Eilish remembers her mother’s best friend and neighbour Nancy Pimley doing just that.
‘Nancy and my mother would spend hours sitting around the kitchen table swapping and discussing books like Valley of the Dolls – the 1966 bestseller by Jacqueline Susann. Nancy wore curlers in her hair and the pair of them would smoke fags and discuss every topic under the sun. Nancy was a bit in awe of my mother, and I definitely draw inspiration from her for the character of Winnie.
The on-screen Agnes/Winnie relationship mirrors the friendship shared among women friends guarding one another’s deepest secrets and confidences.’
‘My mother hated injustice and was a campaigner for numerous issues, like the right for female offenders to be body searched by women police officers only.’
She was also a voracious reader, recalls Eilish: ‘The breakfast dishes would be in the sink, the nappy hanging off the child, and she would be at the kitchen table scanning the newspaper from cover to cover – The Irish Times was her favourite.’
Eilish is also passionate about human rights and just recently, in June, was the guest speaker at the AGM of the West Cork Women against Violence Project.
West Cork affords her the opportunity to recharge her batteries and to carry on with her writing.
She wrote and starred in the critically acclaimed show ‘Live Love Laugh’, which received the Doric Wilson Intercultural Dialogue Award and premiered at the Dublin Gay International Festival in 2012. She plans to shake it out of the airing cupboard and tour it around the theatre circuit in Ireland.
In the meantime she is taking a bit of well-earned time out down south.
‘I love the air, the colours, the light, the sea, the creativity of the people, the music, the art and the ad-hoc way things just evolve in West Cork,’ she says. ‘I love it that you can even get to do a course on WB Yeats, through the West Cork College, near Baltimore, it’s all here!’
Maybe it’s the kind of place where Winnie McGoogan would happily pop next door to have a natter with the neighbours, even these days.
You may have seen me on RTÉ this month on Ryan Turbidy’s Late Late Show. Danny, Fiona Rory and myself were asked about our recent Australia tour, the beginning of the Mrs Brown’s Boys phenomena and D’Movie.
I was also interviewed on Newstalk by Orla Barry, which you can hear by clicking on this link. Newstalk interview
Hello everyone, and a very Happy New Year to you all. I did an interview today 09/01/2014 on RTE1 radio’s The John Murray show hosted by Miriam O’Callaghan. The interview can be found by clicking the link below – I hope you enjoy it.
The cast and crew were in London on Wednesday night (22nd Jan) for The National Television Awards, and what a night it was with Mrs Brown’s Boys winning Best comedy for the second year running. The award is very special to us as it is voted for by the viewing public, so thank you all for your votes.
Hi there, and welcome to my new website! Here I can keep you up to date on all that is happening in my world and also give you the opportunity to give your feedback and leave messages, which I promise I will endeavour to reply to.
You can find out what’s happening in my life (and the life of Winnie McGoogan!) by clicking on the news page.
And if you want to get in touch, just click on the Contact page and drop me a line.
Our 2017 UK & Ireland tour began on Thursday 23rd March at The Pavilion Theatre in Rhyl, North Wales – we were all raring to get back on stage. We had a wonderful reception from the Welsh crowd and we now move on to Glasgow, Birmingham & Manchester. I hope I’ll meet as many of you as I can at the post performance “meet & greets”.
Friday 3rd March:
I had a lovely little chinwag with Paul Ross on Friday morning on his breakfast show on Talk Radio. Click the link to hear the interview.
The last show of my 2016 Live Love Laugh tour is coming up on Saturday 22nd November at the fabulous Everyman – Cork. Performing in my home city is such a delight, I really can’t wait – see you all there.
Well that’s the Christmas Special done and dusted, and as always you’re going to love it. We’re now in rehearsals for the New Year Special, and will be recording on Thursday.
Back in Glasgow for rehearsals and recordings of the Christmas & New Year specials, feels just like coming home. Glasgow has been so good to us.
I had a lovely morning with Anton Savage on Today FM discussing MBB, Live Love Laugh, The Festival of Women and teetotal beer sellers! And more!
You can listen to it here.
What an amazing response to The Live broadcast of Mrs Brown’s Boys on RTE One & BBC One. It was great to be back in the studio with the gang, and we had such a lot of fun making this episode. Thank you for all the support, and thank you for watching – the statistics say it was around 11 million viewers across the UK & Ireland.
So, my sequinned dresses and dancing shoes have been stored away for a while and I’ll be donning my hair net, curlers and pop socks again in July as Mrs Brown’s Boys broadcasts LIVE from BBC Scotland….who knows what Agnes will get up too!
I feel honored to have been asked to be MC for the eagerly anticipated ‘Hooley in the Hall’, a charity bash taking place in the County Hall (Cork) on Friday, June 17 to mark the end of Cllr John Paul O’Shea’s term as county mayor. Really looking forward to it.
Well after a fabulous week in Cork, we arrived here at the fabulous Olympia Theatre, We’re having such fun with the audiences – this is such a feel good show and it’s just brilliant to see everyone singing, clapping and dancing along – Lana is thrilled dahlings!
The time is almost upon us – on Tuesday 3rd May we open at Everyman Cork for 5 nights of sing a long, toe tapping fun and laughter in John Murphy’s wonderful musical/comedy/drama. Tickets are available at The Everyman, Ticketmaster, www.elvisismydaddy.com and our Facebook page. A fabulous night is guaranteed!
I appeared with Martin & Lucy on Tuesday night’s Seven o’clock show, we chatted about Mrs Brown’s Boy’s Australia & New Zealand tour, cooking, Elvis Is My Daddy, oh…. and peeing in a bucket in a dressing room – the glamour of showbusiness! The lovely Gwen Taylor was also on the show.
Well we sold out The Civic Theatre, Tallaght on 4th & 5th November. Our audiences have been up on their feet singing and dancing, and have left the theatres with smiles on their faces – just as we wanted! Catch Elvis Is My Daddy at The Everyman Palace Theatre, Cork Tues 3rd – Sat 7th May 2016 and at The Olympia Theatre, Dublin 11th – 14th & 18th -21st May.
Below is a shot of me as the wonderful Lana Lavelle!
Live Love Laugh had it’s final performance of 2015 tonight at Riverbank Arts Centre, Newbridge Co. Kildare, and another sell out – what a great way to end the tour!
On Friday 23rd October at 4:10 pm I appeared on RTE One’s Today show with Maura Derrane and Daithí Ó Sé.
We we’re back on tour in November/December in Liverpool, Sheffield, Belfast & Dublin.
Elvis Is My Daddy returned for a week long run at The Dolmen Theatre in Cornelscourt, Dublin 18. We played 6 nights to full houses each night and we had such an amazing reaction to the show, thank you to all of you who came to see us.
Wow, I can’t believe we’re at the end of the second leg of the UK tour – Newcastle, Cardiff, Leeds, Nottingham & the fabulous 02 Arena in London all completed. We take a summer break, but will be back in September with the live DVD and Christmas recordings.
Live Love Laugh made it’s UK debut Brushford Parish Hall, Brushford, nr Dulverton Somerset, UK
Glasgow Hydro & Manchester Phones 4 U Arena
So that’s the end of the Live Love Laugh 2014/15 Irish tour – thank you Dun Laoghaire, nice to finish on a high. Thank you to all the family and friends who came to support me throughout the tour, and the members of my Official Facebook fan club who came to Dun Laoghaire for the final show. No time to put my feet up though, on with the pop socks and in with the curlers – Mrs Brown’s Boys is back on the road around the UK with “How Now Mrs Brown Cow”. I hope to see some of you on our travels.
Rhyl Pavilion, Birmingham Genting Arena and Glasgow Hydro
Just completed shows in Derry, Letterkenny, Galway and Kerry, 4 more left on this years tour, Wexford, Waterford, & Cork
Back on the road again with my show Live Love Laugh – full details of the tour can be found on the Live Love Laugh tab, but in short I played, Dublin, Derry, Letterkenny, Galway, Tralee, Waterford, Wexford, Cork and Dun Laoghaire throughout January – March.
I did an interview for RTE One’s Nationwide programme with Mary Kennedy at my home in West Cork.
On the road with Live love Laugh, Headford Hall – Co. Galway, Macroom Co. Cork & Athlone Co. Westmeath.
We returned to BBC Scotland the recording of two new Christmas Specials. I think you will love the episodes, we had so much fun making them.
June saw the World Premiere of D’Movie! Despite the dreadful weather, we had a wonderful welcome home in Dublin when we arrived for the screening at The Savoy Cinema.
Well our first Australian tour is over. We had an amazing time and met some absolutely wonderful people. I loved Australia and would love to go back and see more of it. We were treated like rock stars and it is no exaggeration to say that Australia LOVES Agnes Brown!
The new year started brilliantly, Mrs Brown’s Boys won Best Comedy at The National television Awards. I was interviewed on RTÉ radio by Miriam O’Sullivan, and was a guest The Today Show on RTE1 tv.
The tour continued in Sheffield and then appropriately finished in our home town of Dublin at the amazing O2.
Mrs. Brown went back on tour in Belfast & Liverpool.
Mrs. Brown ‘D’ The Movie. Started filming in Dublin early September and finished end of October and what fun we had. Can’t wait to see it on the big screen. The UK release date is 27th June.
I performed my one-woman show, Live Love Laugh, to more than 3000 people during the Edinburgh Festival. What an experience. Enjoyed every minute and got some great reviews.
My third Grandson, Thomas arrived on the 14th July weighing in at 8lbs.