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Mrs Brown star Brendan O'Carroll's link to 1916 Rising

By Eleanor Bley Griffiths

Published 08/03/2016

History: Brendan O’Carroll
History: Brendan O’Carroll

Brendan O'Carroll believes the world has failed to learn the lessons of history from the Easter Rising in 1916.

A century after the uprising, which saw a battle on the streets of Dublin as Irishmen and women fought for independence, the star and creator of Mrs Brown's Boys has taken a personal journey to discover more about his own family's connection to the conflict.

In a new programme, the Irish actor and author explores the story of his uncles Liam and Peadar, who took part in the rebellion - and finds that Liam once ordered the killing of a British solder and went on to radicalise others in a high-security prison camp.

The Dublin-born comic actor said he had been struck by looking at old photos of schoolchildren in the Stoneybatter area of Dublin, where he was later a pupil.

In a 2014 edition of Who Do You Think You Are?, O'Carroll had already learned that his republican grandfather Peter had been assassinated by a British undercover agent during the Irish War of Independence.

Brendan O'Carroll: My Family At War airs on Wednesday, March 16 on BBC Two at 9pm.

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