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'We're Always Beating The Shite Out Of Each Other' - More Interview Magic From The O'Donovan Brothers

'We're Always Beating The Shite Out Of Each Other' - More Interview Magic From The O'Donovan Brothers

It hasn't taken long for the O'Donovan brothers to be given the true Olympic medalist treatment: the mainstream RTE appearances. Ahead of the inevitable Late Late Show appearance in September, the brothers appeared on Radio One's Marian Finucane Show, where the spoke to stand-in presenter Brendan O'Connor, which is a truly magnificent amount of Cork on the radio of a Saturday morning.

The lads spoke of the rowing regime set down by coach Dominic Casey in Cork, and the fact that it was an uber-professional environment, in which discipline was important. Not that they always toed the line:

He's always threatening to kick us out the door.

He didn't know the half of what we were up to, because if he did, I'd say we'd have definitely been gone.

We're always beating the shite out of each other and stuff like that out on the river and just causing a bit of trouble.

Gary did get suspended. Diarmuid - one of our best friends-  and him were kicked out for a week or something like that.

[A few years later] It was the national championships and they went out on the piss the night before the race and they didn't wake up and missed the race and the club got fined.

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The brothers also admitted that they were slightly disappointed to miss out on gold: now the target for Tokyo 2020.

Gavin Cooney
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Changed the spelling of his name upon pressure from Michael Owen.

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