Wednesday 13 December 2017

O'Driscoll to the rescue as Ringer faces tall order

Brian O’Driscoll with Minister of State for Sport Michael Ring at the Farmleigh reception. Photo: Collins
Brian O’Driscoll with Minister of State for Sport Michael Ring at the Farmleigh reception. Photo: Collins
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Michael Ring isn't a chap who is short on self-confidence. Nor is he short on things to say. Nor, for that matter, is the busy junior minister short of things to do.

However, the Ringer is – not to put too fine a point on it – short. Now, this is not a physical reality that impedes him one whit in his day-to-day duties – indeed, he can take heart from the fact that he has colleagues sitting merrily on the front bench who are also delightfully diminutive.

But for once, the Mayo man was feeling a little self-conscious as he mingled with the strapping warriors of Ireland's Six Nations team at a reception he organised for the champs at Farmleigh this week. And, of course, matters weren't helped by the fact that his senior minister – Leo Varadkar, who was also floating about – stands about 6ft 2in in his socks.

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