Brendan O'Carroll had 'easy ride' in juvenile detention

Brendan O'Carroll

Brendan O'Carroll

Brendan O'Carroll has admitted he had an "easy ride" at a youth detention centre he was sent to after stealing sticky tape and a bicycle bell, because he was able to read Mass in latin.

Brendan O'Carroll was the "golden boy" in juvenile detention.

The creator and star of 'Mrs. Brown's Boys' has confessed he was sent to a youth detention centre in Dublin, Ireland, after he was caught stealing a roll of sticky tape and a bicycle bell as a youngster, but his ability to read Latin made his three-week stay much easier.

Brendan said: "Well, that made me the golden boy! I was up every morning at half-six for Mass and I got a pretty easy ride of it at the end of the day.

"A lot of people got a much tougher time than me in there."

The 58-year-old funnyman - who admits his famous character Agnes Brown is based on his mother and other strong women he grew up around - was celebrating his birthday on the day he received his court sentence and reveals his mother didn't let it ruin his day.

He told the Daily Mirror newspaper: "The morning I went to court, it was my ninth birthday. I was in my suit for my birthday, the suit I'd worn to one of my brothers' or sisters' weddings, and my mother took me into town. On the way we stopped by the court.

"When we came out of court, I said, 'How did it go?' She said, 'We'll talk later.' We had a great day ... she brought me to Bewley's [coffee shop] to have coffee, she put down a plate of éclairs, and I ate eight éclairs!"

He added: "That night she told me, 'Listen, you've got to go the police station tomorrow, you've got to go away.' "


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