Mrs Brown's Boys star organises fundraiser for Buncrana tragedy family

Jennifer O'Carroll, Brendan O'Carroll and Danny O'Carroll
Jennifer O'Carroll, Brendan O'Carroll and Danny O'Carroll

CELEBRITIES from the worlds of sport and showbiz are set to take part in fundraising events to help the family who lost five relatives in the Buncrana tragedy.

Mrs Brown’s Boys actor Danny O’Carroll, who plays Buster in the TV comedy, has organised a celebrity golf classic and a separate gala dinner in Donegal next month.

The monies raised will be split between Louise James, who lost her partner Sean, two sons Evan and Mark, mother Ruth and sister Jodi-Lee in the drownings, and the suicide prevention charity Pieta House.

Dubliner Danny, who lives in Co Donegal, had already been working on the gala celebrity dinner for Pieta House when he watched the Buncrana tragedy unfold on Australian TV last month.

He returned home from the comedy show’s Australian tour last week.

“There have been so many suicides in Donegal that I wanted to help the charity Pieta House set up in Letterkenny,” Danny told

“I was working on the gala dinner where celebrities will be waiters for the night at the Shandon Hotel and Spa in Dunfanaghy.

“Then this awful accident happened in Buncrana. I was watching it on the TV news in Australia and I was devastated.

“I wanted to do something for Louise and her baby Rioghnach-Ann and so we are also now doing a celebrity golf event on the same day, on May 27. I just don't know how she (Louise) is coping. I'm thinking of my own family, my wife and my two children.

“They are two separate causes and two great causes.”

Eighteen months ago the actor raised more than €20,000 for local charities when celebrities including ex-Ireland internationals Ronnie Whelan and Ray Houghton and EastEnders actor Adam Woodyatt served meals for guests at the Mt Errigal Hotel.

“I haven’t spoken with Louise yet,” said Danny.“But I have spoken to her friends and she’s delighted that we are doing this.

“That poor woman is going through hell. Money is not going to help that but if we can raise something for her and her baby that they can turn to in the years ahead when everyone else has forgotten about what happened then it is a worthwhile doing this.”

Danny added: “I’m working my way through my contact list at the minute and I can promise a top line-up of celebrity guests for the golf classic and the gala dinner.

“It’s going to be a fantastic fun day with two worthwhile causes benefitting.”

A four-ball for the golf at the famous Rosapenna Links course in Downings will cost €500. A table for ten at the gala dinner at the Shandon Hotel in Dunfanaghy later that night will cost €750 with all proceeds going to Pieta House and Louise James.·    

To book both or either May 27 event call the Shandon Hotel and Spa on 074 9136137.