RTE star Francis Brennan and brother John have been left heartbroken following the news that their beloved mother Maura has died.
Maura had previously been living on her own in Sligo with Francis and John said to be very close to her.
Their father’s untimely death left Maura and her sons with just “£13 in the bank”.
But, John and Francis were self-made men and built their success through a lot of hard work.
Their dad owned a supermarket that the local council used as a model on how to run a business.
It comes as RTE star Francis Brennan has said that his life “fell apart” after he lost a sizeable amount of money during the recession.
But TV work and his profound faith saved him from financial ruin.
The popular hotelier lost a massive sum of money in his 50’s forcing him to reevaluate his work situation and focus on his new-found career in the media.
Francis told RSVP Live : “I wanted to retire at 55 but my life fell apart because of the recession. I lost a lot of money, you would be a very happy person if you had the money I lost.
“I never looked back and I don’t blame anybody, I signed on those lines but things just didn’t work out and I lost a fortune.
“As it happened, the lord, who is my friend, gave me a new career at 54 and I sailed through the recession.”
But the 66-year-old is not bitter about the financial loss he dealt with and he counts himself lucky saying that other people were not as fortunate.
He said: “I have always had a job, developers and other business owners didn’t have an income but I always had money coming in because I had both the hotel and media work.”
Despite numerous RTE shows and bestselling books, Francis doesn’t see himself as a celebrity and he would happily give up TV work.
He explained: “There is no doubt that TV contributed to my survival, I will put it that way. There was an income from media while I was losing out in other places.
“I couldn’t care less if I never did another days work in the media but people enjoy that I can project a positive image.
“When I am doing that, I know that I may be helping people who have issues or are feeling a little bit down.”
Car brand SKODA Ireland announced its new age diversity initiative called Simply Older, Still Clever and Francis has no plans to slow down and retire.
He joked: “It will probably never happen! There is another 14 years until I am 80 and I would love to get there.”
Despite regularly appearing on The Late Late Show and various radio slots, as well as At Your Service and the most recent Francis Brennan – All Hands on Deck, Francis says that he is actually a shy person.
“I am not full of confidence,” he said “I know, I know, you won’t believe it! My personality is shy but I just get on with things.
“I project a very confident person but in reality I am shy.”
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Source: Celebrity News Ireland