Saturday 17 August 2019

'Locals feel as if it's only the start of things' - Ronan O'Gara on atmosphere after Paris attacks

Ronan O’Gara is working and living in Paris
Ronan O’Gara is working and living in Paris

Cormac Byrne

Former Munster and Ireland outhalf Ronan O'Gara has described the 'surreal' atmosphere with has gripped Paris since the French capital was attacked by Islamic State terrorists last Friday leaving 129 people dead.

O'Gara was in Paris on Friday night when the violence broke out as he prepared for Racing Metro's Champions Cup opener with the Glasgow Warriors, which was scheduled to go ahead last Saturday.

He took to Twitter on Saturday to tell worried followers that his wife Jessica and their young family were safe.

Speaking on Game On on 2FM tonight, O'Gara explained the situation in Paris and how it has affected the city and the players and staff at Racing.

""It's very real, it's very surreal at the same time," he said

"It's extremely bizarre... I've never experienced anything like it.

"It's difficult, I don't really know how to explain it.

"I think they are going after sporting venues, nice theatres, cafes and when it gets to that stage it's not good.

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"It's a great country and there are some great people here and the locals are confident of winning but you'll just have to wait and see what it's like in a month's time.

"The annoying thing is that the locals feel like it's only the start of things. It's kind of head down time.

"Getting on the pitch is good but everything else is just consumed with watching the TV and watching what's going on in the clubhouse.

"It's occupying everyone's mind.

"There was some small bit of understanding for the Charlie Hebdo situation, as perverse as it was , but this time there is no reasoning so people are lost for words."

O'Gara's Racing side will be in Wales this Saturday where they will meet Scarlets.

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