Paul O'Donovan proves he doesn't need his brother to give a great interview 5 years ago

Paul O'Donovan proves he doesn't need his brother to give a great interview

Ireland's silver medallist brothers are enjoying some time apart after their Rio 2016 heroics.

Gary O'Donovan is buzzing around Rio; he's everywhere. The Cork rower celebrated his, and his brother's, silver medal win like a champ and then got down to the serious stuff - supporting his Team Ireland colleagues.


He was there when Michael Conlan had a win swiped from him and when Thomas Barr smashed a national record for the second time in three days and narrowly missed out on the 400m hurdles podium.

Gary O'Donovan sets out an Irish flag to support Tomas Barr 18/8/2016

As for brother Paul, he's off to Rotterdam for the world championships. Having spent a good chunk of his teenage years, and early 20s, as a single scull, Paul O'Donovan is going for world gold in The Netherlands.

After landing in Rotterdam, Paul had a chat with The Irish Times and a couple of excellent lines prove he is just as easy getting interviewed on his own as he was with his brother. Asked if he was tempted to hang around in Rio for the post-medal celebrations, he remarked:

"We’ve had a week of partying in Rio. Sure if we want to drink the shite out of it we can do that at home."

There may well be some drinks taken when the brothers are welcomed at a homecoming in Skibbereen - not far from their Lisheen home - on August 29.

Paul spoke about being recognised by other Olympians in Rio and what it is like being toast of the town.


"I was in the barber here (in Rotterdam), this guy comes over, 'Hey, you’re the guy in the interviews. It’s you!'

"He wasn’t even a rower. Hopefully, it’ll all calm down."

It will calm down in time but that time won't be for a while yet.

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