Brendan O'Carroll discovers British officer murdered his grandfather during Irish War on independence

'We’re beyond justice I think, but at least we got the truth' says star of Mrs Brown’s Boys

The grandfather of comedian Brendan O’Carroll – star of Mrs Brown’s Boys – has discovered evidence that his grandfather was murdered in Dublin by a British intelligence officer in Ireland in 1920.

Mr O’Carroll had believed Peter O’Carroll was shot at random by drunken British soldiers.

However, during filming for the BBC’s Who Do you Think You Are? Programme, he was shown testimony from a British agent spy during the Irish War on Independence, which ended in 1921.

The spy, David Nelligan, said the actor’s grandfather was killed by Major Jocelyn Lee Hardy -- decorated for bravery during World War One when he lost a leg -- because he refused to pass on information about two of his sons – Mr O’Carroll’s uncles – who were in the IRA.

Mr Nelligan wrote: “He was warned that if his sons did not surrender before a given date he would be shot.”

Brendan O'Carroll as his female alter-ego Agnes Brown for Mrs Brown's Boys D'Movie Brendan O'Carroll as his female alter-ego Agnes Brown for Mrs Brown's Boys D'Movie According to a report in the Daily Mirror, Mr O’Carroll, 58, said: “My grandmother Annie always said she wanted justice and the truth.

"We’re beyond justice I think, but at least we got the truth.”

When he is shown a photograph of Major Hardy, he said: “That’s the last face my grandfather saw …  Jesus, he’s some bastard.

Major Hardy later returned to England, working as a banker and writing books. He died in 1958 aged 63.

The episode of Who Do You Think You Are? will be shown on BBC1 at 9pm on 28 August.

PROMOTED VIDEO
News
ebooksAn unforgettable anthology of contemporary reportage
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

iJobs Job Widget
iJobs People

COO / Chief Operating Officer

£80 - 100k + Bonus: Guru Careers: A COO / Chief Operating Officer is needed to...

HR Manager - Kent - £45,000

£40000 - £45000 per annum: Ashdown Group: HR Manager / Training Manager (L&D /...

HR Manager - Edgware, London - £45,000

£40000 - £45000 per annum + Benefits: Ashdown Group: HR Manager - Edgware, Lon...

HR Manager - London - £40,000 + bonus

£32000 - £40000 per annum + bonus: Ashdown Group: HR Manager (Generalist) -Old...

Day In a Page

Secret politics of the weekly shop

The politics of the weekly shop

New app reveals political leanings of food companies
Beam me up, Scottie!

Beam me up, Scottie!

Celebrity Trekkies from Alex Salmond to Barack Obama
Beware Wet Paint: The ICA's latest ambitious exhibition

Beware Wet Paint

The ICA's latest ambitious exhibition
Pink Floyd have produced some of rock's greatest ever album covers

Pink Floyd have produced some of rock's greatest ever album covers

Can 'The Endless River' carry on the tradition?
Sanctuary for the suicidal

Sanctuary for the suicidal

One mother's story of how London charity Maytree helped her son with his depression
A roller-coaster tale from the 'voice of a generation'

Not That Kind of Girl:

A roller-coaster tale from 'voice of a generation' Lena Dunham
London is not bedlam or a cradle of vice. In fact it, as much as anywhere, deserves independence

London is not bedlam or a cradle of vice

In fact it, as much as anywhere, deserves independence
Vivienne Westwood 'didn’t want' relationship with Malcolm McLaren

Vivienne Westwood 'didn’t want' relationship with McLaren

Designer 'felt pressured' into going out with Sex Pistols manager
Jourdan Dunn: Model mother

Model mother

Jordan Dunn became one of the best-paid models in the world
Apple still coolest brand – despite U2 PR disaster

Apple still the coolest brand

Despite PR disaster of free U2 album
Scottish referendum: The Yes vote was the love that dared speak its name, but it was not to be

Despite the result, this is the end of the status quo

Boyd Tonkin on the fall-out from the Scottish referendum
Manolo Blahnik: The high priest of heels talks flats, Englishness, and why he loves Mary Beard

Manolo Blahnik: Flats, Englishness, and Mary Beard

The shoe designer who has been dubbed 'the patron saint of the stiletto'
The Beatles biographer reveals exclusive original manuscripts of some of the best pop songs ever written

Scrambled eggs and LSD

Behind The Beatles' lyrics - thanks to Hunter Davis's original manuscript copies
'Normcore' fashion: Blending in is the new standing out in latest catwalk non-trend

'Normcore': Blending in is the new standing out

Just when fashion was in grave danger of running out of trends, it only went and invented the non-trend. Rebecca Gonsalves investigates
Dance’s new leading ladies fight back: How female vocalists are now writing their own hits

New leading ladies of dance fight back

How female vocalists are now writing their own hits