Thursday 22 February 2018

Paul Kimmage in 2003: ‘Ever sat through an O’Driscoll press conference? You wish you were dead’

Eyebrows have been raised after Paul Kimmage resigned as Brian O’Driscoll’s ghostwriter, but his comments in 2003 have suddenly looked more relevant than ever.

The pair had been working on the much-anticipated book for a number of years – and it is due to be published in the autumn

The publisher Penguin Ireland has announced this afternoon that Alan English, the editor of the Limerick Leader newspaper, is to take over as ghost-writer on the project.

During the 2003 Six Nations Kimmage interviewed O’Driscoll and his comments were withering on the Irish star. While the writer altered his opinion before agreeing to pen O’Driscoll’s book, the comments from The Sunday Times article have resurfaced in light of today’s developments.

“Ever sat through an O’Driscoll press conference?”

“Check your pulse. You wish you were dead.”

“It’s like root-canal treatment. Or listening to Alan Shearer. One-on-one with a microphone and a room full of reporters and all of the flair that distinguishes O’Driscoll on the field is abandoned.

“He sits, sucking on his Powerade with that curiously vacant “Back in 10 minutes” look and rarely deviates from the script. Playing sure. Playing safe. Instinctively kicking to touch.

“Maybe you’ve got one just like him (O’Driscoll) at home. Just answer “yes” to one of the following.:

“Does your son wear a baseball cap?

“Is Dumb and Dumber his favourite movie?

“Does he communicate in language you don’t understand? “He’s a big unit.” (Translation: He’s a very big lad.) “Take a chill pill.” (Ignore the mortgage, work and all your responsibilities and have a kebab.)

The book is still expected to be released in time for the lucrative Christmas market and was expected to one of the highest selling sports biographies ever released in this country.

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