'I Am Mrs Browne's Boy!' SINGER GERRY SAYS HIS MUM INSPIRED PAL'S HIT SHOW

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'I Am Mrs Browne's Boy!' SINGER GERRY SAYS HIS MUM INSPIRED PAL'S HIT SHOW


Byline: MAEVE QUIGLEY irishsundaymirror@mgn.ie

HE remortgaged his house to help Brendan O'Carroll finance his film Sparrow's Trap - now Gerry Browne is hoping to break into the charts with his new single.

The 54-year-old is Brendan's former manager and his own mum Annie is thought to have provided some of the inspiration for Agnes Brown.

But Gerry said he quit working with Brendan after too many of their entertainment ventures left them busted.

Gerry said: "I first met Brendan in Finglas and I used to gig in his pub with the band I was in, Tinker's Fancy. I knew him from I was a kid but it was when he was running the Finglas Castle that I got to know him better. Brendan was always very funny and we used to get him up on the stage and when it went south we started to do Mrs Brown's Boys together."

Gerry was also a regular on the Hot Milk and Pepper Show but eventually decided to go it alone after too many disappointments.

He said: "We were desperately broke after we did Sparrow's Trap.

"One day my wife Colette told me I had missed nine of my son Aaron's 12 birthdays and I decided to leave after the movie, The Mammy.

"My daughter Sarah was five or six and I had become very disillusioned with the entertainment business.

"I had remortgaged twice to fund various projects and when Sparrow's Trap went south I was bankrupt.

"Brendan's financial situation from then is well known but we were both severely burned by the movie industry - I have really spent the last couple of years paying off my side of things.

"I had enough really and decided I didn't want to do it any more. …

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