Brendan O’Carroll named Philanthropist of the Year
Award is for comedian’s work with St Vincent de Paul
Winner of the Philanthropist of the Year award Brendan O’Carroll, with fellow winners Jim and Adeline Callery and David O’Brien of BNY Mellon. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins
Brendan O’Carroll (on left) has been given the title Philanthropist of the Year by the Community Foundation for Ireland for his work with St Vincent de Paul. In 2013 Mr O’Carroll gave €125,000 each to St Vincent de Paul and Irish Autism Action from ticket sales of a Mrs Brown’s Boys live show in Dublin. He also made a personal donation of €100,000 to St Vincent de Paul.
The special Brian Wilson Award was awarded to Jim and Adeline Callery for their contribution to cultural and educational projects in Co Roscommon.
The awards were established “to recognise the extraordinary generosity and leadership of philanthropists in the country”, according to the Community Foundation for Ireland.