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Monday 21 August 2017

O’Donovan brothers swap oars for eggs at Bloom in the Park

The Skibbereen duo had a cracking time
The Skibbereen duo had a cracking time

Rebecca Lumley

Champion rowers Paul and Gary O’Donovan swapped Olympic medals for hard boiled eggs at the second day of Bloom in the Park, Ireland’s biggest flower and food festival.

The Skibbereen duo had a cracking time as they visited a number of the festival’s show gardens, officially launching the Bord Bia Quality Assured Eggs Campaign.

As the brothers tossed the eggs and attempted to juggle for photographers, one concerned member of the crowd yelled “I hope those are hard-boiled.”

Another answered: “They are, and so are the eggs.”

Bloom’s second day was served sunny-side up, attracting large crowds to the Phoenix Park for the annual horticultural display. After meeting a number of the festival’s attendees, the O’Donovan brothers participated in a live cooking demonstration in the Food Village alongside Irish model, Roz Purcell.

Praising the festival, the brothers said: “We had a great day with Bord Bia at Bloom.

“It is such a brilliant festival and we loved cooking up a storm with Roz Purcell and learning some new egg recipes in the sunshine.”

The O’Donovan brothers shot into the public eye last summer, when they won a silver medal in the lightweight double sculls at the Rio Olympics, receiving international attention for their light-hearted interviews post-race.

Taoiseach Enda Kenny also paid a visit to the festival, which is celebrating its eleventh year running. He was met by a large crowd of well-wishers on what may be his final public appearance as Taoiseach.

Taoiseach Enda Kenny TD and Eabha Martin (2) from Sandyford during Bord Bia's 11th Bloom festival in the Phoenix Park, Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
Taoiseach Enda Kenny TD and Eabha Martin (2) from Sandyford during Bord Bia's 11th Bloom festival in the Phoenix Park, Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins

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