Brendan O'Carroll has been named Philanthropist of the Year for his work with St Vincent de Paul.

The Mrs Brown's Boys star and creator was honoured with the title by the Community Foundation for Ireland.

O'Carroll donated €125,000 each to St Vincent de Paul and Irish Autism Action in 2013 from ticket sales of a Mrs Brown's Boys live show in Dublin, and gave an extra personal donation €100,000 to St Vincent de Paul.

According to the Community Foundation for Ireland, the awards were created “to recognise the extraordinary generosity and leadership of philanthropists in the country”.