Sunday 17 December 2017

Alone they stand -- magnificent drunks

For Celtic wildmen like O'Toole and Harris drinking was key to their success, writes Declan Lynch

Illustration by Jim Cogan
Illustration by Jim Cogan
Declan Lynch

Declan Lynch

THERE is a wonderful clip on YouTube of Peter O'Toole and Richard Harris in some hospitality tent at Twickenham for the Heineken Cup final of 2000.

Munster were playing, and Harris is wearing his old Munster Schools shirt, bullshitting gloriously about rugby in Limerick, to which O'Toole responds by displaying a Galway Cricket crest on his tie. Heightening the mood of hilarity, he rugby-tackles Harris to the ground.

Borne on waves of euphoric recall and good fellowship, the two old actors belt out a version of Carrickfergus that seems to celebrate all the good times they ever had, all the laughs, all the drink, all the women.

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