Friday 23 March 2018

The real 'Eddie' refuses to get in a flap over tackle

Tackled: Connaught mascot 'Eddie' the Eagle
Tackled: Connaught mascot 'Eddie' the Eagle
The man behind Connacht mascot has been revealed as University of Limerick student Colm Cronin

Brian McDonald

THE Connacht rugby mascot who had his wings clipped after a tackle by a spectator yesterday broke his silence.

Eddie the Eagle, who works up the crowd at Connacht's home games, ended up with a dislocated shoulder when a visiting fan lost the plot and ran at him last Friday night.

Eddie had been enjoying one of Connacht's better evenings on the pitch as the home side strolled to a big win over Glasgow Warriors in their Magners League clash at the Sportsground in Galway.

A small group of Scottish supporters who had been heckling Eddie throughout the game finally took matters into their own hands. One of the kilted visitors scaled the boundary fence and tackled Eddie from the blind side, knocking him down.

Yesterday, Eddie revealed himself as Colm Cronin, a University of Limerick student and brother of Ireland and Connacht hooker Sean Cronin.

"I just didn't see him coming. One minute I was running and then, bang. I know he didn't mean any harm, but it was sore," said Colm.

The timing could not have been worse. Colm was about to celebrate his 21st birthday on Saturday.

Yesterday he returned to his studies in industrial biochemistry at UL.

Irish Independent

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