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John "Bubbles" O'Dwyer of Tipperary shakes hands with Colin Fennelly of Kilkenny

John "Bubbles" O'Dwyer of Tipperary shakes hands with Colin Fennelly of Kilkenny

Tipperary's John O'Dwyer: 'hairy baby'. Photo: Barry Cregg / SPORTSFILE

Tipperary's John O'Dwyer: 'hairy baby'. Photo: Barry Cregg / SPORTSFILE

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John "Bubbles" O'Dwyer of Tipperary shakes hands with Colin Fennelly of Kilkenny

He is the talk of Tipperary right now, but how exactly did John Bubbles O'Dwyer get his nickname?

This article first appeared on Independent.ie in November, 2014.

We field a number of random phonecalls during the show, some of them more insightful than others. A call last Tuesday offered an unbelievable explanation into one of the great GAA nicknames.

The call came minutes after Conor Mortimer's studio interview about his new book. The interview had touched on the Michael Jackson incident in the 2008 Connacht final, and a listener opted to share their own Michael Jackson-related GAA anecdote.

The caller, who claimed to be a Killenaule man living in Dublin, recounted a story told to him over a pint with a man who said he was John O'Dwyer's dad. The caller, rightly, felt obliged to ask the senior O'Dwyer about his son's nickname.

Mr O'Dwyer apparently offered the caller this story: "As a child, John was quite a hairy baby and so people began to call him Bubbles, as in Michael Jackson's chimp".

Other media organisations have reported that the Bubbles nickname is rooted in O'Dwyer's "bubbly" shape as a child.

Only one person can separate the truth from the lies, and that's Bubbles himself.

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