Mrs Brown's Boys star Eilish O'Carroll opens up about grieving for sister Fiona during pandemic - Mrs Brown's Boys

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Wednesday, September 9, 2020

Mrs Brown's Boys star Eilish O'Carroll opens up about grieving for sister Fiona during pandemic

"Lots of times I’d be out for a walk and I’d go 'Oh I’ll take that photograph because she’d love that' and then I’ll realise she’ll never be able to see it."

Eilish O'Carroll photographed at the Alex Hotel, Dublin for RSVP Magazine in March 2019. (Image: Ramona Farrelly)



Mrs Brown's Boys star Eilish O'Carroll has opened up about grieving for her sister Fiona during a pandemic, saying she feels like she never got "closure" after her death.

Fiona passed away in Canada in March, and Eilish rushed to be by her bedside but arrived the day after her death.

"It was really hard, because we are so used to having closure, or going through the process of a funeral," she told RSVP Magazine.

"Unfortunately that didn’t happen in Canada, which was my sister’s choice.

"Myself and my brothers Micheál and Finbar and Brendan, we did manage to have a little bit of a wake the night after she died. She was still in the house. But the process of letting go really didn’t happen."

She said it was very difficult coming back to Ireland because it felt like her sister's death hadn't happened.

"When someone you are so close to lived so far away, it’s hard because you have to remind yourself that they have actually passed," she said.

"Lots of times I’d be out for a walk and I’d go 'Oh I’ll take that photograph because she’d love that' and then I’ll realise she’ll never be able to see it.'"

It has also been a difficult year for Eilish because she's lost a lot of work, and she's worried about the future of showbiz.

"I think long term, people in showbiz are going to be the hardest hit," she said.


"It’s going to be a long time before any theatre wants to take the risk of opening and then if they have to open with social distancing then it’s not worth opening.

"The money is made from bums on seats. I do feel for my colleagues out there. They are scrounging around for work and there isn’t any."

She said she is still hopeful that the Mrs. Brown's Boys Christmas Special will happen.

"I’m hoping that the Christmas special may go ahead this year in October," she went on.

"But we don’t know as of yet, it’s really up in the air. If you rely on it too much you end up terribly disappointed.

"I do miss performing. It’s in our blood, isn’t it? It’s been my way of life for the past 20 years so it’s very hard to not have that in your life.

"You’re trying to find a substitute for it and there isn’t one. Zoom calls don’t quite cut it!"

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