Friday 27 April 2018

Video: Rapping with Kilbane and hanging out with Claudine...

Kevin Doyle with Claudine Keane
Kevin Doyle with Claudine Keane
Herald editor Stephen Rae, Kevin Doyle and FAI chief John Delaney in Poland
Kevin Doyle

Kevin Doyle

APPARENTLY Gdansk is full of beautiful tourist sites but I’ve been too busy rapping with Kevin Kilbane, hanging by the beach with Claudine Keane, lunching with John Delaney and partying at Snow Patrol to see them.

That might sound like a lot of name dropping but it has been a bizarre few days on the Euro 2012 tour.

The sunshine eventually peered around the clouds yesterday and boy did the milky Irish legs come out.

The beaches were thronged with fans sporting all sorts of tricolour shorts and farmer tans.

It was the best place for most to recover after another hectic night in Poland.

A group of us went out for our first proper meal of the trip on Tuesday night at a seafood restaurant in Gdansk.

At last I can testify that the local cuisine is surprisingly delicious and at Polish prices a steal.

Afterwards we moved for “a quiet night” to a pub on the river front where the tranquillity was quickly shattered by the locals chanting for us to sing with them.

They put up the challenge and in true Irish fashion we responded by singing our usual chants before Kevin Kilbane showed up to raise the bar.

The retired international is clearly enjoying the tournament despite not getting to play as the Herald also spotted him on the town in Sopot the previous night.

In an unexpected turn he brought the roof down with a Vanilla Ice rap that had everyone on their feet. The video has now gone viral on YouTube with 35,000 views but I was lucky enough to be among the 20 or so people who saw it live. Perhaps football wasn’t his true talent after all.

* Read Kevin Doyle’s coverage from Gdansk, including an exclusive interview with FAI boss John Delaney, in today’s Evening Herald

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