Friday 9 December 2016

Delaney quitting does not interest us - O'Donovans

Ryan Nugent

Published 27/10/2016 | 02:30

Olympic silver medallists Paul and Gary O’Donovan clowning around at the Bord Bia launch at UCD Rowing Club, Islandbridge, Dublin. Photo: Dan Sheridan
Olympic silver medallists Paul and Gary O’Donovan clowning around at the Bord Bia launch at UCD Rowing Club, Islandbridge, Dublin. Photo: Dan Sheridan

Irish Olympic heroes the O'Donovan brothers insisted the resignation of John Delaney from the Olympic Council of Ireland (OCI) is "nothing to do with our lives".

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The FAI chief executive handed in his resignation on Tuesday night, citing that he "had no role or involvement in the OCI's handling of ticketing arrangements for the Rio Olympic Games".

The pair said they were oblivious to Delaney's resignation and insisted that it was of no interest to them.

"When did he resign?" Gary asked.

"It's nothing to do with my life," Paul added.

Two months after arriving to a hero's welcome in their hometown in Skibbereen, Co Cork, the rowing duo said they have had no need to come back down to earth since.

Olympic silver medallists Paul and Gary O’Donovan Photo: Dan Sheridan
Olympic silver medallists Paul and Gary O’Donovan Photo: Dan Sheridan

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

His older brother Gary (23) explained that while they still get a lot of attention wherever they go, it's all good fun.

Read More: Skibbereen homecoming for medal-winning O'Donovan brothers

"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.

"It's all been such positive.

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

The Olympians, who won silver in the lightweight double sculls rowing in Rio, were speaking at the launch of a Bord Bia eggs campaign in Dublin yesterday.

Irish Independent

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