18 Dec 2016
Like fellow Olympian, Annalise Murphy, it's been quite a year and indeed quite a month with many awards coming their way. Gary and Paul shared the People of the Year award with Annalise and she was on the shortlist for 'Sportsperson of the Year". Interestingly earlier in the year the boys were also awarded The Best Brothers Awards; or officially named "The Silver-tongued devils award". Enough said!
Although some will remember the boys for their hilarious interviews and their down-to-earth banter which made them internet sensations, nothing can take away from their amazing achievment in the water where they won a silver medal in the lightweight double sculls. UCD were particularly proud of Paul when he won Gold in the men's lightweight single sculls final at the World Rowing Championships in Rotterdam in August.
At the awards last night Paul told viewers that while 2016 was a never-to-be-forgotten year, they already have their sights set on even more success in 2017.
"We’re young yet, we’re only starting out hopefully," he said. "We’ve got a taste of success now, so we’re going to capitalise on it."
When asked about their humorous interviews, Gary insisted that they did not change when they went to Rio, just simply that they had a larger audience.
"It’s funny the way it has worked out because we’ve been doing regattas all our lives, it just so happened that RTÉ turned up to this regatta."
The O'Donovan brothers named the RTÉ Sport Team of the Year https://t.co/arWphRIW8E— RTÉ Sport (@RTEsport) December 17, 2016
Almost a Rio reunion last night, it was fantastic to see so many UCD faces present and indeed interviewed about their fantastic year. Also present was Stpehen Kenny with his team from Dundalk FC who had a phenomenal year in both Ireland and in Europe. We were delighted to see many UCD gradautes and former players such as Robbie Benson, Ronan Finn, Dave McMillan and Ciaran Kilduff, accompany Stephen as he was awarded Manager of the Year last night.