Mrs Brown’s Boys star Eilish O’Carroll ‘bursting with pride’ over niece Fiona O’Carroll on Ultimate Hell Week


MRS Brown’s Boys star Eilish O’Carroll has said she's "bursting with pride" over her niece Fiona O'Carroll.

Fiona is in this year's Special Forces Ultimate Hell Week where she's taking on the incredibly tough challenges.

The 69-year-old praised her niece for "showing her vulnerability" on the show.

Speaking on the Six O'Clock Show, Eilish said: "I'm bursting with pride because she's showing her vulnerability.

"I think audiences really appreciate that because you bring the human touch - people can all relate to that. We're all vulnerable.

"We spend so much time in our lives trying to cover it up and trying to be strong.

"You know, 'I can't show this' and 'I can't show that'. I love Fiona for that."

Eilish explained how she found it difficult to watch Fiona so upset while the Drill Sergeants shouted at the contestants.

She said: "I watched it last Tuesday and I actually cried and thought to myself 'I'll punch that guy in the face if he shouts at her one more time'.

"I really admire her, she's an amazing woman. I absolutely adore her."

On last week's episode, Fiona broke down in tears on the hit RTE show.

The celebrities all had to jump out of a helicopter into the sea. 

The Mrs Brown's Boys star was frightened and began to cry when she saw what's to come.

Fiona said: "I was so emotional today. I don't know what happened but as soon as that helicopter came around and I knew we were jumping out of it, I got this overwhelming urge to cry."


However, she managed to build up the courage to jump and was proud that she did.

The Dubliner said: "I thought I was going to fall out of it at one stage. I actually froze. 

"It's always that question of flight or fight. Would you actually do it. And that's what I wanted to experience and wanted to know - if I was put to the test, would I do it? And now I know I have that in me."

The actress was made the new orderly sergeant after the jump although she didn't think it was for the right reasons.

She said: "I feel like they think I'm a weak link so they put me as an O.S just to f***ing test me because I had a bit of a wobble doing the helicopter."

The RTE star was called out to speak to the Drill Sergeants where she confessed the reason why she decided to take on Hell Week.


Fiona told the D.S leaders: "I need this. I got a bit lost and I'm rediscovering who I am."

She burst into tears for the second time and said: "I actually wasn't expecting it to be this emotional. 

"I want to do it but it doesn't stop me being scared. I don't think I'll ever not be scared."

The leaders reassured her that it's okay to be scared. 

Fiona said: "I used to see crying as a weakness but now I don't, it's just a release. I've learnt that in the last three years, since my separation."

The 42-year-old married her Mrs. Brown's Boys co-star Martin Delany in 2006 and they have four sons - Felix, Isaac, Eli and Dexter - together.

She split with Martin and he now lives in Portugal but still co-parents and he stays in the family house with them when he returns to Ireland.

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