Belfast Telegraph

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

By Eleanor Bley Griffiths

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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