Brendan O’Carroll’s sister and Mrs Brown’s Boys star Eilish tipped to take part in RTE’s Dancing With The Stars - Mrs Brown's Boys

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Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Brendan O’Carroll’s sister and Mrs Brown’s Boys star Eilish tipped to take part in RTE’s Dancing With The Stars

Friends of Eilish, who plays Winnie McGoogan in TV hit Mrs Brown's Boys, said she'd 'definitely step up to the plate' for the dance show in January



 DANCING With The Stars could be getting a shot of Mrs Brown next season, the Irish Sun can reveal.

Brendan O’Carroll’s sister Eilish, who plays Winnie McGoogan in the hugely successful TV sitcom, is tipped to take to the floor at Ardmore next January.



How Eilish O’Carroll, as her character Winnie McGoogan, might look on Dancing With The Stars



A DWTS insider told us: “Dancing With The Stars producers asked Eilish to be in season two but she had to turn them down because she was touring Australia last January with Mrs Brown.

“But this year the Mrs Brown’s cast are all on a break until late March when they launch Mrs Brown De Musical, so the planets are aligned.”

Eilish, 66, declined to comment when she was contacted by the Irish Sun but friends say she would “definitely step up to the plate”.

The actress has previously put on her heels and sequins to step it out with a professional dancer in a mini-Dancing With The Stars on RTE’s Today Show in 2017.
Brendan and Eilish on the hugely successful TV sitcom


Boogie-mad Eilish had been appearing on Today with Maura and Daithi to review the performances in the previous weekend’s Dancing With the Stars.

A source close to the Mrs Brown star told us: “Eilish has never danced professionally but she does enjoy dancing and can certainly look the part.

“She jokes that she is getting old enough to be Winnie McGoogan, but everybody knows she’s a much younger lady.

“If the schedule fits this year, Eilish will definitely be on Dancing With the Stars.”
Eilish O’Carroll, best known for playing Mrs Brown’s neighbour, came out as a lesbian at the age of 50

Speaking to the Irish Sun earlier this year, DWTS chief Larry Bass confirmed celebs who had been unable to take part in the first two seasons due to work commitments were the first to be asked to be in the new season airing next January.

Larry said: “We have a look at that list and start there. It’s all down to availability and interest.”

Eilish O’Carroll, best known for playing Mrs Brown’s neighbour, came out as a lesbian at the age of 50.

Married twice with grown-up children, she previously spoke of how she discovered she was a lesbian at 40 but waited ten years to come out.

Eilish said: “I fell in love with a woman and my life changed completely.”

She also revealed how brother Brendan didn’t give a damn when he broke the news to him about her sexuality.

Eilish said: “In typical Agnes Brown fashion Brendan was like: ‘Do I give a feck?’”

“He sat me down and said: ‘Will you stop taking yourself so seriously? Are you happy? Is this what you want? Then get on with it.
“I was the one who had a problem coming to terms with it initially. But we were brought up to accept diversity and not judge people by colour, creed religion or sexuality, it’s in our genes.”
Eilish O'Carroll




“I was the one who had a problem coming to terms with it initially. But we were brought up to accept diversity and not judge people by colour, creed religion or sexuality, it’s in our genes.”

Writer brother Brendan has always included gay characters in Mrs Brown’s Boys.

Most notably Agnes’ own screen son Rory Brown, played for 26 years by Rory Cowan, and later by Damien McKiernan.

RTE are hoping that DWTS season three will be another ratings winner.

A massive TV audience of 576,000 watched Jake Carter lift the glitterball trophy on Dancing With The Stars earlier this year, more than the 535,000 who tuned in to see the recent papal mass in the Phoenix Park.

Last month, singer Jake confirmed to the Irish Sun that he was now dating dance partner Karen Byrne, but stressed there was nothing going on between himself and his partner at the time of the finals last March.

Jake said: “It’s only in recent weeks it’s become a relationship.

“I guess it’s one of those things that happens when you spend time with someone.”

He also denied the Strictly Curse had come to DWTS after Karen ended a six-year relationship due to falling for Jake.

Jake said: “I think the Strictly Curse is a load of balls. I don’t agree with it.

“What happened between us can happen in any job, where you spend time with someone, and things develop from there.

“It’s only because we’re in the limelight we get branded.”






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