Sunday 4 December 2016

Now you can support the O'Donovan brothers with this 'shteak and spuds' Olympics t-shirt

Published 12/08/2016 | 12:39

O'Donovan t-shirts by Hairy Baby
O'Donovan t-shirts by Hairy Baby

Cork brothers Gary and Paul O'Donovan have are fast becoming national treasures.

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Gary (22) and Paul (21) from Skibereen got their Olympic dream off to a perfect start by securing a place in the finals of the lightweight double sculls event.

Rowers Paul O'Donovan, left, and his brother Gary. Photo by Brendan Moran/Sportsfile
Rowers Paul O'Donovan, left, and his brother Gary. Photo by Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

But they've also become online sensations thanks to their interview banter.

They even have their own t-shirts, created by Hairy Baby, of their most quotable phrases which featured in an RTE interview the brothers gave after their race.

"Ah, so far so good, you know we had a cracker of a race there you know, I think that race had nearly everything you could want for any race," Gary told RTÉ after the race.

"And I suppose, with the year that's in it, 'tis great to beat the Brits as well," he added with a smile.

O'Donovan t-shirts by Hairy Baby
O'Donovan t-shirts by Hairy Baby

The conversation turned to strategy. "Nothing too complex really - A to B as fast as you can go and hope for the best," Paul said. "Close the eyes and pull like a dog," he added.

The brothers' account of their time in Rio was made all the more colourful, thanks to the west Cork accent.

"Get a bit of steak," Paul said about his plans for the evening. "The food is fantastic there like, you could have steak for breakfast, lunch and dinner, with spuds if you like," his brother added.

Only 50 shirts are being printed by the Hairy Baby team so you'll need to be quick.

If that fails. you can get your hands on one of the t-shirts their friends and family have designed.

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