Sunday 25 September 2016

'The Irish aren't great at talking' - BBC presenter has pop at Olympic heroes the O'Donovan brothers

Published 21/09/2016 | 09:09

The O’Donovan brothers won silver in Rio
The O’Donovan brothers won silver in Rio

A BBC Radio presenter has suggested that Ireland's Olympic heroes, the O'Donovan brothers, reinforce the idea that "Irish people aren't great at talking".

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Maria McErlane made the comments on her radio show with Graham Norton, with the latter quickly jumping to the defence of the two Corkmen who won silver at the Rio Olympics.

Gary and Paul O'Donovan won the hearts of the whole country with their brilliant performances and their endearing interviews from Rio while they also stole the show when they appeared on the Late Late Show on their return.

Norton spoke highly of the two lads and said they provided him with his favourite moments of the summer games.

However, McErlane then rowed in, saying: "It just kind of reinforces things about Irish people...they're very good at rowing, they weren't great at talking."

Norton then stepped in and said: "I thought they were very good at talking because they know they are funny.

"They were trying to be funny. Well, that's what everyone in Skibbereen says, that they are funny boys. They are the 'funny rowing brothers'."

McErlane later accepted Norton's description of the affable pair.

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