Thursday 18 January 2018

Paul O'Connell on his love of Liga biscuits, addiction to The Good Wife and his karaoke song of choice

Paul O'Connell, Ireland captain
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It's Paul O'Connell like we have never seen before.

The two-time Six Nations winning captain and player of the tournament this season has revealed a little more about himself in a recent interview with Woman's Way magazine.

The Munster lock and one of the greatest players to ever don an Ireland jersey further enhanced his reputation after leading Joe Schmidt's Ireland to a second successive title after an enthralling final day at Murrayfield last month.

Before the tournament began, the 35 year-old gave an interview to the women's magazine where rugby related questions were at a premium as we got a further insight into the husband and father of two.

Paul O'Connell and his son Paddy
Paul O'Connell and his son Paddy

O'Connell revealed that his earliest childhood memory was watching Bosco in the morning while eating Liga biscuits, while his wife Emily and children Paddy (4) and Lola (2) are what consume his thoughts before he falls asleep at night.

The Lions captain on the last tour, to South Africa, admitted that young cancer victim Donal Walsh was the most interesting person he ever met, "his mental strength and his intelligence blew me away", while he described happiness as a day on the west coast of Ireland in Clare.

"A day in Lahinch with the sun shining with my family," he said. "A swim in Liscannor, golf in Lahinch, food and pints in Vaughans and Egans."

The Munster legend also let slip some of his own vices.

"I am addicted to The Good Wife," while adding that his guiltiest pleasure is eating a Bounty chocolate bar with peppermint tea while watching Grand Designs.

No stranger to grabbing the mic and belting out a song, O'Connell told the magazine that his karaoke song of choice is Sloop John B by the Beach Boys.

With two young children to look after, the rugby star says that his happiest memories have changed from events on the pitch in favour of his family.

"Before I had kids it would have all been rugby memories," he said. "Winning the Grand Slam after years of failing was pretty special. Now, it's probably watching Paddy growing up, he provides some entertainment. I love the days with the family after a match – which we have won preferably.

"I think looking back they will be, and are, my fondest memories."

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