'That's nice' - Mrs Brown lookalikes set world record in Finglas
Finglas was invaded by dozens of Mrs Brown lookalikes yesterday.
A world record was set when 65 people dressed up as the popular comedy character on the final day of the Finglas Festival.
A further 30 or so also turned up in Mrs Brown garb but their costumes did not meet the strict dress code for the world-record rules.
Brendan O'Carroll grew up in the Dublin suburb and the world record event was a tribute to the success of the creator of the award-winning television series, Mrs Brown's Boys.
The winner of the lookalike competition was local man Sean McMahon (32). At over six feet tall and more than 17 stone, Sean told the Herald he had to be "bet into the clothes" for the competition. "My fiancee, Teresa, encouraged me to enter at the last minute. It was great craic," he said.
The winner of the third prize was a local woman, whose name was Agnes Brown.
"The Finglas Festival was a great success. The festival ran for 12 years but stopped 15 years ago. It was great that the community brought it back," said Catherine Whelan, one of the organisers.
"It was a great family event and a great festival week, including Opera In The Open in the gardens of the local council offices on Wednesday, attended by more than 150 people, and public readings by Poet Laureate Paula Meehan on Friday night," she said.
The Finglas Festival was organised by more than 30 volunteers.