Brendan O’Carroll pledged €30,000 of his own cash to a guests this morning while hosting the Marian Finucane Show on RTÉ. The Dublin born funny man is filling in for Marian Finucane this weekend on her brunch time radio slot. He had a number of guests on this morning's show to talk about Ireland's “new poor” and to giv e the public an insight into their personal stories. One of his guests,"Eddie" talked about how he has struggled in finding a new job in retail at the age of 61.
Eddie was later identified locally as Ned Molloy of Granard, Co Longford.
According to sources, "Eddie" previously owned the SuperValu in Granard with 49 employees at it's height. He told O'Carroll that he has a business idea that is certain to work but was struggling to find funding to get started up. O’Carroll responded to Eddie's tale of woe with a more than generous offer. “I’ll put €30,000 quid in front of you and see if that idea works.”
“I am a very very lucky guy, I have a movie [Mrs Brown’s Boys D’Movie] out this weekend and its going to make me a fortune!” OCarroll added.
His investment offer was met with shock (understandably) by the guests in studio but O’Carroll laughed it off saying “you being 61 and me being 50-ish we’ll show just what two old men can do.” He attached one important caveat though, and told Eddie if his business plan does work, “you're not to dip into it now and start going playing golf”.
O'Carroll is already known for his generosity. The actor and comedian donated €350,000 last Christmas to St Vincent De Paul and Irish Autism Action following the CRC scandal.
I must say that when I hear stories like this I have my faith in the future of Ireland restored. With the gap between the rich and poor forever growing, it is so impressive to see a very successful individual like Brendan being so generous with his good fortune. The "pay it on" attitude, believe it or not, often inspires further good will toward our fellow man.
It is safe to say that today there are at least three men a bit happier than they were when they woke up this morning, Mr. Molloy for getting the investment he needs to start life all over again at 60+, Brendan O'Carroll for being able to make the dream of one down-on-his-luck businessman come true, and me, myself and I as I am reassured that there is still some hope for the future, as long as there are generous people like Brendan, Innovative people like Eddie and the entrepreneurial spirit of the Irish!
"If you're willing to keep moving forward, eventually you will succeed."
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