Conor meets Mammy

Tuesday, 2 January 2018

Conor meets Mammy thumbnailConnor Quinn meeting Brendan O'Carroll

CONNOR Quinn had one of the most memorable days in his young life when he met Brendan O'Carroll at Belfast's SSE Arena.

The 26-year-old Meadow lad got to meet his idol just before Christmas. He told the Democrat: The dream came true.

For quite a few years Connor's big ambition was to meet Brendan Carroll who plays Agnes Brown, star of the massively acclaimed television series Mrs Brown's Boys.

Connor, one of a family of six with brothers Gary, John and Darren plus sisters Helen and Donna, knows virtually every line of the television series and regularly attends his annual shows in Belfast. He also has all his DVD's and lots of his merchandise.

Connor tried many different angles and the family spoke to various influential people to try to get Brendan O'Carroll to meet the Newry lad, but they were all unsuccessful until this year.

Then, in August, Connor's brother Darren heard that Fiona O Carroll, Brendan's daughter, who plays Maria Brown in the series, was doing a charity walk from Cork to Belfast and he, along with his wee brother, arranged to meet her at the border between Dundalk and Newry.

The day was a mighty success. Dressed in his Mrs Brown costume, Connor met Fiona and she was absolutely enchanted by the Newry lad. Connor, a brilliant character and a star in The Gateway Club's productions and plays, is a natural comedian and he had the O'Carroll party in stitches. Fiona said she never laughed so much in her life. And she said she would arrange for Connor to meet the cast of Mrs Brown and of course Brendan O'Carroll.

And indeed that same night she rang up Connor's older brother Darren and said it was all set up and that there would be three meet-and-greet tickets at the box office of the SSE Arena when they came to see the stage showing of Mrs Brown's Boys.

Fiona was as good as her word. In December Connor, along with his brother Darren and nephew Dean Quinn, got to meet the cast an hour and a half before the show.

Connor said the first one of Mrs Brown's team he met at the Odyssey was Eilish O'Carroll, Brendan's sister, who plays Winnie McGoogan. And he greeted her in typical Connor style saying: Winnie you're a f***king jinx!

He also got to see the rest of the cast including Danny O Carroll (Brendan's son), who plays Buster Brady, Brendan's wife Jennifer Gibney, who plays Cathy Brown, Rory Cowan who plays Rory Brown, Conor Malony who plays Father Quinn, Gary Hollywood who plays Dino Doyle, Martin Delany who plays Trevor Brown, Amanda Woods who plays Betty Brown, Paddy Houlihan who plays Dermot Brown, Pat Shields who plays Mark Brown, Dermot O'Neill who plays Grandad Brown and Derek Reddin who plays Dr Flynn.

The whole cast were impressed with Connor and indeed Danny O'Carroll (Buster) was so taken by the Newry lad, he couldn't believe he wasn't an actor.

But obviously the highlight of the day was meeting the person who Connor calls, The Main Man, Brendan O'Carroll. And Connor wasn't a bit shy when he came face-to-face with the originator and star of Mrs Brown's Boys.

As Brendan walked toward him Connor began singing the theme song to the Mrs Brown series: Say hello to the queen of Dublin Town. As the best mum of all she wears the crown. Mother hen watching all her chicks. Sassy old lady full of tricks. It's a safe bet she will not let life get her down. She's Mrs Brown!

When shaking hands with him, Brendan said to Connor: I believe you're a big fan. His reply was. No I'm not. I m your BIGGEST fan. Mrs Brown quipped back: Fecking idiot.

Speaking to the Democrat, Connor, who lives in Killeavy Road with his mother Helen and father Niall, later said: I dressed up for the show. I always wanted to meet him. It made my Christmas and I can t wait for next year when I hope to meet him again.

Father Niall said: It was an exciting day for Connor. He really enjoyed it. It was a great experience for him and we re absolutely delighted.

And no doubt listeners on Connor's radio show, called Connor Quinn's Showline, on Banbridge Community Radio (Tuesday s from 1-2pm) will hear That's Nice, quite a few times over the next few weeks.


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