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Paul O'Connell Clarifies Donncha O'Callaghan's Hilarious 'Batman Begins' Tale

Paul O'Connell Clarifies Donncha O'Callaghan's Hilarious 'Batman Begins' Tale
Mikey Traynor
By Mikey Traynor
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There was another Off The Ball rugby roadshow on Wednesday night in Cork which saw Munster legends such as Mick Galwey, Paul O'Connell, and Keith Wood leave the audience in stitches with stories from their playing days.

After revealing how Peter Clohessy was so bad at remembering lineout calls that the Ireland team had to adopt the ones he learned from playing at Young Munster, O'Connell was then asked to shed some light on a story told by one of his good pals.

A few months ago at a similar Off The Ball roadshow, Donncha O'Callaghan told the audience that Paul O'Connell's favourite day of the 2005 Lions Tour to New Zealand was when the two of them went to see Batman Begins in the cinema.

However, it was during the film when O'Callaghan realised just how much importance Paulie places in attention to detail.

I just want to clear this up, I never went back to Batman being the greatest day of his tour (in 2005).

I remember at one point of it, I remember it was Batman Returns or Batman Begins, but Batman just started flying, and Paul O'Connell stood up, threw down his popcorn and went 'He hasn't even practiced!'

And I was there like 'He's a fictional character, Paul...'


O'Connell even earned the nickname 'Roy Keane' - who the legendary second-row described as a hero of his - for his ability to be thrown off when certain standards are not met.

But was Donncha telling the truth?


Yes, he was. Although O'Connell suggested he had embellished his disgust somewhat, he confirmed that he was not impressed by the plot hole in the film.

Like all of Donncha's stories he doesn't let the truth get in the way of what happened.

We were at the movie, it was a great day off, the two of us had it together, spent the day chatting because it was a tough tour, very little good I could say about it.

Chatting away, had a coffee, went to the cinema then. He probably brought chicken breasts and boiled eggs, I got popcorn and malteasers or whatever, but I remember in the movie I think we were the only two people in there.

So we were actually talking quite loud in there, but it went through Batman and all the stuff he had invented to go from Bruce Wayne to Batman, but they never explained how he managed to learn how to fly.

He built the amazing car, and explained this is how it does all the things it's doing, and then all of a sudden he was flying.

That was the only point I was making.

Great stuff.

Does he have a point? Should Batman be able to fly just because he is Batman? Or should his ability to fly have an explanation?


Paulie doesn't just watch films, he analyses them. You've got to respect that.

You can listen to Wednesday night's Off The Ball roadshow form Cork in full over on Newstalk.com.

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