The former owner of SuperValu in Granard, Ed Molloy enjoyed a slice of good fortune last week after comedian Brendan O’Carroll offered him €30,000 to help with his debts.
Mr O’Carroll was standing in for Marian Finucane on her weekend radio show when he spoke to a number of people about their financial difficulties.
Mr Molloy and his wife Rose revealed to Brendan O’Carroll on Saturday that they had been forced to rely on the kindness of family and friends to make ends meet since their business went bust.
The couple ran SuperValu for a number of years and employed up to 49 people. But they subsequently sold the business and invested in property just before the crash.
“We lost everything and are literally broke now”, Mr Molloy admitted before revealing that he had an idea for a product that he thought could save their finances, but did not have any savings to get the ball rolling.
O’Carroll then told him, “Well I’ll tell you, Eddie, I’m very lucky, I had a movie that opened this week and it’s going to make me a fortune.
“I’ll put €30,000 in front of you and see if that idea works.
“And if it does work, Eddie, you’re not to dip into it and start going playing golf.
“And if we can make that idea work together, you being 61, me being 50ish, we’ll show just exactly what two old men can do.”
The saga however, did not end at that as the episode received both positive and negative coverage in the national newspapers.
Following the €30,000 gesture a Sunday newspaper reported that the Revenue Commisssioners registered a judgement against Mr Molloy for just under €60,000 earlier this year. A picture of Mr Molloy’s house in Granard also appeared in another national newspaper.
On his RTE show on Sunday, Brendan O’Carroll apologised to Mr Molloy for the revelations. .
“It’s nice for me to have a microphone to get a chance to apologise to Eddie because my intention in helping him was not to shame him any further, that wasn’t my intention,” O’Carroll said on his radio slot last Sunday.
“The thing that struck me about him was that, right at the bottom of the briefing on him, he had an idea that he thought would work, and would get him out of trouble, and it was a little bit of hope.
It’s very, very difficult at the moment for people to be getting through the day, but to be getting through the day and holding up a little bit of hope is even more difficult.
“And that’s really what’s going to get us out of this, the hope of people, people having a go.
“The positive side of it is that, right at this stage, Eddie, whatever that idea is, and he hasn’t even told me yet, whatever it is - the nation is holding its breath to wait and see what it is.”
The Longford Leader tried to make contact with Mr Molloy but could not reach him in recent days.