Mrs. Brown’s Boys star, Irish comedian Brendan O’Carroll is the next celebrity to get the Who Do You Think You Are? treatment tomorrow night. Brendan now lives in Florida, but still calls Dublin home.
Brendan has heard from family members that his grandfather was shot during the Irish War of Independence in 1920. Acutely aware that family stories can be embellished, Brendan is keen to get to the truth of that story. What happened? Why was he shot? Was he fighting for Irish freedom? Who shot him?
“I would like to find out just what happened that night,” said Brendan.
During the show the Who Do You Think You Are? team uncovers a sworn statement from a British spy that identifies the man who shot Brendan’s grandfather. He was shot by a decorated World War One soldier, who was operating as a British intelligence officer in Ireland.
British intelligence had been seeking information on his two sons. When he refused to pass on information about his sons, he was warned that he would be shot if they did not surrender!
Tune in for what promises to be an exciting and emotional episode of Who Do You Think You Are?
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About Brian Gallagher
Brian is the International Social Media Specialist for Ancestry, working closely with our United Kingdom, Sweden and Australian teams.