Footage of the brothers openly chatting to Ireland’s national broadcaster RTE about their urine tests, “podium pants” and how they plan to celebrate their achievement has quickly gone viral.
Their television appearance begins with them asking the station’s anchors, via a live satellite feed from Brazil, “How are tings?” and “What’s the craic?”
“We’re in Rio, the background might look superimposed but it’s very real,” jokes Gary O’Donovan, before his brother Paul goes into possibly a little bit too much detail about his doping test.
The brothers’ performances, on and off the water, has set social media alight, with some Twitter users hailing them as “Ireland’s gift to the world.”
Their silver in the lightweight double sculls is Ireland’s first ever Olympic medal for rowing, and the country’s first medal of the Rio Games.
Check out their interview in the clip above.
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