Fifteen years after his testy appearance on the show with former friend Stephen Roche, David Walsh was on the Late Late Show last night to discuss 'The Program', the upcoming filmic treatment of Lance Armstrong. The film is based on his book 'Seven Deadly Sins', and he Walsh is being played on the film by one Chris O'Dowd.
During the discussion, Tubridy asked him whether Irish athletes were doping. In fact, Tubridy asked him whether Irish athletes 'have doped'. Presumably, he was discussing current Irish athletes who have yet to be exposed.
However, he will have no problems watching the Irish teams in action tomorrow. He does not believe the Irish football and rugby teams are tainted by doping, not to mention the French rugby team.
Walsh has made inevitable journey from Leitrim Observer to the red carpet. And he had one tale from his time on the carpet with O'Dowd.
In advance of his appearance, Walsh remembered Dr. Bill Tormey, the Fine Gael councillor and erstwhile general election candidate, who lamented an 'outrageous attack on Irish icon' and loudly disputed the idea that any Irish cyclist could possibly have doped.
While Tormey is occasionally mocked for this intervention by those with long memories, it should be pointed out that he received huge applause after his contribution.
Preparing to go on The Late Late Show to talk The Program, our Armstrong movie. Big change from shooting the breeze with charming Dr Tormey.
— David Walsh (@DavidWalshST) October 9, 2015