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No Sign Of THAT Ryan Tubridy Interview With Paul McGrath On The RTÉ Website

No Sign Of THAT Ryan Tubridy Interview With Paul McGrath On The RTÉ Website

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From an Irish perspective, the biggest fallout from yesterday's United-Liverpool match seems to be who was drunk and who wasn't. Anyone who ventured onto Paul McGrath's Twitter account last night will have noticed that the Ireland legend was not his usual articulate self while engaging with his followers.

It started with a strange tweet to himself at 3am on Saturday night/Sunday morning. A confusing tweet about Glen Johnson followed and McGrath spent most of yesterday dealing with abuse from trolls, some of whom were Liverpool supporters.


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McGrath, whose battles with alcoholism are well-documented, also admitted to be drunk.

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The 'Tubridy' production team - whose presenter would be very familiar with McGrath's demons -for some reason thought it was a good idea to put McGrath on the radio this morning to talk about his day dealing with Twitter trolls, oblivious, I guess, to the clear evidence of and concerned tweets at McGrath about his drinking.

The interview does not appear on the RTE radio player's playback of today's Tubridy show. (We'll spare you having to listen through the entire show - McGrath appeared between 9.40 and 10.00am though the interview has been cut from the playback - and the show itself is about 8 minutes shorter than the majority of Tubridy show podcasts.)

After the 10am news, Tubridy explained that they had put McGrath on air to have some 'banter' specifically about McGrath's day on Twitter on Sunday, and he, bizarrely, assured us that he would call McGrath on his own time to enquire into his well-being. He said on air that his team called McGrath around 8am and decided that he was fine to be interviewed.

With no audio record of the interview, the best we have to make sense of the interview are a handful of worrying tweets sent during the show.

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Update- we've been contacted by a reader who heard the interview on playback around midday, who said that even though it was completely obvious that McGrath was inebriated from the outset, Tubridy persisted with the interview, and the questioning quickly moved from football to the personal. McGrath admitted to have a difficult Christmas and to living on his own and not having anyone around to take care of him. He said he didn't like people, but loved Twitter, and talked about his sons fighting for England in Afghanistan and "your man up in Derry" not wearing the poppy, James McClean. It seemed like 5 minutes of radio on a Monday morning that nobody needed.

The decision not to put Pulling the McGrath interview from the internet seems to be an admission that putting McGrath on air was, in the very least, in bad taste.

McGrath has yet to tweet today. We wish him all the best and hope he stays off Twitter for awhile. The trolls often shout louder than the supportive people do.

Donny Mahoney

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