RTE broadcaster Ryan Tubridy has criticised the online trolls who wrote disparaging remarks about rising star Barry Keoghan during his appearance on The Late Late Show.
Speaking on his radio show this morning, the radio and TV star said he has happily agreed to go for pints with Barry’s granny and other family members at their local in the Summerhill area of north Dublin after meeting them following the Dubliner’s appearance on the chat show last Friday.
"Barry came back to the green room and we had a lovely time," he said of meeting Barry’s grandmother, aunts and other family members who were in the audience during the show.
But he said he has nothing but contempt for the trolls who took to social media during Barry’s appearance to slate him.
"Humans are not blood sport," he said.
He said Barry, who was forced to spend some of his childhood in foster homes after his mother died from heroin addiction when he was just a boy, has come through a lot of adversity to be a successful actor. He is now based in Los Angeles and is seen as a rising star in Hollywood.
The 27-year-old has starred in Dunkirk and The Killing of a Sacred Deer and was in town to promote his latest film Calm With Horses.
"I’m very lucky that I don’t have to read this muck, but, those of you who are peddling it, be aware that you won’t bring down the good guys because they always come through," the broadcaster said.
"You might do a bit of damage temporarily around the edges and, if that’s your kick, congratulations, you got your kick," he said.
But he said their snide remarks about Barry were just cruel, "not smart or funny."
"I'd love to hold a mirror up to you," he said.