Eilish O’Carroll admits she’d love to have Rory Cowan back on Mrs Brown’s Boys

Eilish O’Carroll admits she’d love to have Rory Cowan back on Mrs Brown’s Boys

Mrs Brown’s Boys star Eilish O’Carroll has admitted she’d love to see Rory Cowan back on the show.

But the much-loved actress, who plays Winnie McGoogan on the BAFTA Award-winning series, said she “doesn’t know” if her brother and show creator Brendan has written a mini-series again this year.

But the Dubliner admits she’d love to see old pal Rory – who quit the show as Rory Brown in 2017 – back on the comedy in the future.

She told The Irish Mirror: “He’s great fun. It would be lovely, but I actually don’t know.”

But Rory announced after appearing on Dancing with the Stars that he would be retiring from acting, pouring cold water on a return to the BBC show.
He said in January: “I’m now officially retired.

“I have a contract with Fair City for this year and I’m doing that but anything else I’m asked to do, and it’s been a few things that I’ve been asked to do, I’m not doing any of them. I’m finished.

“I’m just going to enjoy myself now and do a lot of travelling.”

But Eilish laughed when Rory announced his retirement, saying he always pops up in the media.

“Definitely, he said, ‘I am retiring’, and I said, ‘Yeah, I’ll believe it when I see it’ because every time I turn the radio on, I hear your voice and then there’s an interview with you,” she added.

© Brian McEvoy
© Brian McEvoy

Eilish said she has no idea if Brendan has created a mini-series again like last year, admitting she couldn’t imagine the pressure he is under.

Last year, four new episodes aired in September for the first time in 10 years.

“I know there was talk of the mini-series last year but months prior to that, it was just talk and I thought ‘is it really going to happen?’.

“I remember saying to him is the mini-series going to happen? He said, ‘well you don’t know Eilish, you just don’t know these things’.

“I mean the pressure he must be under and include every character and come up with a storyline as well…”

Speaking to the Daily Star, Brendan revealed in January: “As long as the BBC keep asking, we’ll keep making episodes.

“It’s down to what the BBC want and what we can plan around.

“We are definitely making more specials. Whether we do another full series or not depends on dates,” he added.

Brendan then admitted that he initially signed up to do 18 episodes across three years, however coming into the new year they will be celebrating the show’s 50th episode.

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