Brothers Gary and Paul O’Donovan were proud to win a rowing silver for Ireland this year in Rio. RTE, Ireland’s national broadcast network checked in with them by satellite to see how they felt to have won this amazing award for their country. The boys won the silver in lightweight double sculls. This was the first Olympic rowing medal that Ireland has ever had.
And now, Ireland has a few celebrities on their hands as well. The footage of this RTE interview has gone viral around the world, and they are darling favorites in their home country as well.
In the interview, the boys are seen standing in front of the amazing backdrop of the Rio games. The interviewer from RTE asks them the typical post-win questions, and the O’Donovan brothers answer with some of the most hilarious responses imaginable. They go on about being hungry and not having eaten anything but a few rolls of bread and Nutella after their win. They also talk about how they have no idea what is going on back in their home country. The RTE interviewer assures them that the Irish are going crazy for rowing and for them, and the boys voice disappointment that they don’t get to be home heading to the pub as part of the celebration.
Part of the adorable appeal of these two is their great Irish accents. For an American or a Canadian, it’s even a bit difficult to discern exactly what they were saying. Paul stands with his hand on his hip and describes everything from peeing into a cup to standing on the podium. Gary proudly wears the Irish flag.