Actor Rory Cowan broke down as he fondly remembered his beloved mother Esther this morning, telling mourners at her funeral, “I’m so glad she was my mother”.
Esther Cowan passed away on Monday, November 5 with her family by her side in St Vincent’s University Hospital.
She was buried in Mount Venus Cemetery after a funeral mass in the Church of the Ascension of the Lord in Balally.
Dressed in a blue suit and waistcoat, former Mrs Brown’s Boys star Rory spoke at the end of the service and shared some hilarious stories about his beloved mam.
He told a packed congregation of Esther’s family and friends that she was involved in the trade union movement and was always “involved in fighting causes”.
He said: “I remember one time I was in school, just finishing my inter cert and a letter was sent home to the parents of myself and three of my friends saying that when we finished our inter cert, we should probably get jobs because school didn’t really suit us.
“So basically, what the head brother wanted was that the parents would go down and make a case for them that they would keep the kids under control.
“The other three sets of parents went down, there was no problem, they could do that. Esther wouldn’t do that. She got straight onto the Minister for Education and she caused murder.
“And she told them that my child has a right to an education. So it ended up that the brother came up to our house to apologise.”
Rory revealed that years later a friend’s son was looking to join the school.
He continued: “They happened to mention that one of their past pupils was Rory from Mrs Brown’s Boys.
“And I went home and told my mother. She thought that was brilliant. She said they didn’t want you in school, they tried to get you out of school. They did everything, they tried to expel you.”
Rory also shared a hilarious story about the time his mother met Cliff Richard and spent hours talking to him – about the trade union movement in Ireland.
He said: “She was chatting away to Cliff for hours and I was talking to everyone else and hoping that she wasn’t boring him to death.
“I said to her afterwards ‘what were you talking about?’ and she said the trade union movement.
“He said ‘no, I loved it. My whole life since 1959 is just talking about showbusiness. Your mother didn’t mention it once.’ That was like a breathe of fresh air to him.”
Esther also met President Michael D Higgins at a play Rory brought her to. The pair shared chocolates and talked about getting the flu jab.
“That was my mother. What happened outside her window, it didn’t matter because she would talk about what she knew about. She would talk about her family, because she loved her family.”
Caring Rory left his role on the hit show in June 2017 so he could sped more time with his cherished mother., who had been suffering from dementia.
85-year-old Esther is survived by her children Rory, Gerard and Maebh and grandchildren Cian, Eoin, Óran and Evan.
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Source: Celebrity News Ireland