Monday 5 December 2016

'We wouldn't be up to that kind of messing at all' - Olympic heroes the O'Donovans rule out Big Brother

Ryan Nugent

Published 27/10/2016 | 07:49

Paul And Gary O'Donovan Team Up With Bord Bia To Launch Bord Bia Quality Assured Eggs, UCD Rowing Club, Islandbridge, Dublin 26/10/2016 Pic: INPHO/Dan Sheridan
Paul And Gary O'Donovan Team Up With Bord Bia To Launch Bord Bia Quality Assured Eggs, UCD Rowing Club, Islandbridge, Dublin 26/10/2016 Pic: INPHO/Dan Sheridan
Paul And Gary O'Donovan Team Up With Bord Bia To Launch Bord Bia Quality Assured Eggs, UCD Rowing Club, Islandbridge, Dublin 26/10/2016 Pic: INPHO/Dan Sheridan
Paul And Gary O'Donovan Team Up With Bord Bia To Launch Bord Bia Quality Assured Eggs, UCD Rowing Club, Islandbridge, Dublin 26/10/2016 Pic: INPHO/Dan Sheridan

They may have had the nation in hysterics all summer but Olympic rowing heroes, the O'Donovan brothers have insisted they won't be taking on any reality TV roles anytime soon.

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The duo are seen as hot property after their antics en route to winning Olympic silver in Rio in August.

However, the focus is remaining on Olympic medals in four years time - gold this time - rather than any television roles.

"They take time and we don't have time because we've to do our training," Gary said.

Paul And Gary O'Donovan Team Up With Bord Bia To Launch Bord Bia Quality Assured Eggs, UCD Rowing Club, Islandbridge, Dublin 26/10/2016 Pic: INPHO/Dan Sheridan
Paul And Gary O'Donovan Team Up With Bord Bia To Launch Bord Bia Quality Assured Eggs, UCD Rowing Club, Islandbridge, Dublin 26/10/2016 Pic: INPHO/Dan Sheridan

"If we went on Big Brother, we'd be stuck in a house for weeks. We'd do no training.

"I don't know much about it, I just know they go into a house for weeks.

"We just want to do our rowing, and go to the World Championships next year," he added.

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Paul And Gary O'Donovan Team Up With Bord Bia To Launch Bord Bia Quality Assured Eggs, UCD Rowing Club, Islandbridge, Dublin 26/10/2016 Pic: INPHO/Dan Sheridan
Paul And Gary O'Donovan Team Up With Bord Bia To Launch Bord Bia Quality Assured Eggs, UCD Rowing Club, Islandbridge, Dublin 26/10/2016 Pic: INPHO/Dan Sheridan

Both Gary (23) and Paul (22) played down any talk that they were the new Irish heartthrobs, after it was suggested by Ryan Tubridy on the Late Late Show in August.

"I think he took that up wrong, I think Tommy Barr was voted Ireland's biggest heart-throb or some title like that, the most wanted man in Ireland, so we'll leave him have that.

"He's tall, dark and handsome, we're two short guys," Gary said.

"Sure we're innocent boys from the countryside, we wouldn't be up to that kind of messing at all," he added.

Paul And Gary O'Donovan Team Up With Bord Bia To Launch Bord Bia Quality Assured Eggs, UCD Rowing Club, Islandbridge, Dublin 26/10/2016 Pic: INPHO/Dan Sheridan
Paul And Gary O'Donovan Team Up With Bord Bia To Launch Bord Bia Quality Assured Eggs, UCD Rowing Club, Islandbridge, Dublin 26/10/2016 Pic: INPHO/Dan Sheridan

Asked whether they've come back down to earth since their Olympic heroics, Paul said there was no need to.

"Sure we never left earth really, we're grand," he said.

They're both still getting lots of attention, but it's all good fun, Gary said.

"It's all good stuff, people coming up to you saying congratulations and people taking photos and you kind of make some people's day by just chatting to them so it's been all good like," he said.

"That was crazy, there were loads of people there (at the homecoming in Skibbereen), I don't know the total figure, there were thousands like," he added.

The duo were speaking at the launch of a Bord Bia Eggs campaign in Dublin yesterday.

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