His Grace will be missed in Killarney

Brendan Grace in a scene from Damian O’Callaghan’s film The Gift

KILLARNEY is today bidding an emotional farewell to Bottler.

The death in the early hours of this Thursday morning of comedian Brendan Grace has caused real sadness in the town where he has entertained generations of locals and visitors with his unique brand of slapstick comedy and song.

Brendan joining in the 60-year celebrations for the famous Gleneagle summer cabaret in 2017 with Liam Kealy, Manager, Patrick O’Donoghue, MD Gleneagle Group, Geraldine Tangney, Manager, and Eileen Grace, wife of the comedian.
Picture: Valerie O’Sullivan

He had been a very regular performer in the Gleneagle Hotel for close on 50 years, packing the venue night after night with his sellout summer cabaret shows during which he exhibited his wonderful talent as a singer and musician as much as his brilliant comedy routines, most notably his mischievous schoolboy character Bottler.

He started performing in the Gleneagle Ballroom in the early 1970s and he had links with four generations of the O’Donoghue family right up to his final performance at the venue last January.

Paying tribute to Ireland’s greatest comic, Patrick O’Donoghue, CEO of The Gleneagle Group, said everybody there was greatly saddened to learn of the passing of their great friend.

“Brendan worked hard to bring happiness and laughter to generations of Gleneagle guests. We are eternally grateful to him for creating so many memories both in The Gleneagle Ballroom and the INEC over the past five decades,” he said.

Brendan with Killarney film director and producer Damian O’Callaghan

“Our thoughts are with his wife Eileen, his family and his many friends at this time,” Patrick added.

In more recent times Brendan forged a great working relationship with Killarney film producer and director, Damian O’Callaghan, and he played leading roles in his two movies made in Killarney, The Gift (link below) and Tradition.

Damian described Brendan as “a fantastic comedian, a great musician and a brilliant actor” and he said he was very upset to learn of his passing.

“He was a great ambassador for Ireland and for the entertainment industry and he went out of his way to be nice to everyone,” said Damian.

“He as just a lovely man who remained completely down to earth despite the great success he enjoyed and he was a thorough professional. The many wonderful tributes that have been paid to him today are testament to his character and it shows how much he was loved”.

Brendan, his wife, Eileen, and their children and grandchildren regularly holidayed in Killarney and they were very frequent guests in local hotels and visitors to local restaurants down through the years.

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