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Brendan Grace
Born Brendan Grace
Dublin, Leinster, Ireland
Occupation Comedian and Singer
Years active 1977–present
Spouse(s) Eileen Doyle (1973–present) 4 children
Bradley Grace

Brendan Grace (born 1952) is an Irish comedian and singer. He is known for his comedy schoolboy character "Bottler", the part of Murphy in the 1995 movie Moondance, and in 1996 he appeared in the Irish TV sitcom Father Ted as Father Fintan Stack.



Born in the heart of Dublin in 1952, Brendan was raised in the working class Liberties neighbourhood. At school, Brendan gained the nickname "The Black Kennedy". His father Seamus worked as a bartender and at other odd jobs to keep the family going. However, this proved to be not enough and Brendan was forced to leave school at 15 to start earning for his family.

Music Career

At the age of 18 Brendan formed a band known as The Gingermen and toured Ireland in what has come to be known as the showband era of the 60s. During a gig one night the band found themselves two members short and in an attempt to calm an anxious crowd Brendan was thrust upon the stage to humour them. His wit and razor sharp observations of daily life in Ireland immediately bought the crowd and since then he has been selling out venues. In November of 2009, he released his bestselling autobiography 'Amuzing Grace' which was received with critical acclaim.

Family and Present Day

Brendan Grace married Eileen Doyle in 1973. They have four children, one of whom Bradley Grace is a member of the famous American hardcore rock band Poison The Well. Brendan now divides his time between his home in West Palm Beach, Florida and his pub in Killaloe, County Clare, named 'Brendan Grace's Bar'[1].

Brenden also has a popular Tequesta Irish pub and restaurant called Mad Hatter’s Pub & Restaurant (187 Tequesta Drive, 561-401-9304, It is co-owned by the beloved Irish comedian-turned-restaurateur and his daughter and son-in-law Melanie and Frank Gillespie.



Works cited

  1. ^ Tourist information from Killaloe Tourise Website, see Retrieved January 2010.

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