HIT TV series Normal People has created a new celebrity fan of St Finbarr's GAA club in Togher.
Reverend Richard Coles, who co-presents BBC Radio 4’s Saturday Live and BBC One’s The Big Painting Challenge, had previously asked his followers on social media what sport being played during an episode of Normal People, the TV adaptation of Sally Rooney's best selling novel.
The Reverand, who also appears as a guest on Would I Lie To You? and Have I Got News For You, soon discovered it was Gaelic Football and declared he was a fan.
He then asaid he would be supporting Cork and 'The Barrs' in particular.
Rev Coles later tweeted: “Been watching Gaelic Football for hours now, my new favourite thing, and the more you watch it the more you think how weird it is that in soccer no-one bothers to pick up the ball except the goalie."
In response to the tweet, which St Finbarr’s eagle-eyed treasurer Colette McCarthy spotted, the club posted a 2020 membership card to Rev Cole.
Speaking to The Echo, Ms McCarthy said it was a bit of light-hearted fun amid a grey dreary reality.
“We drafted a letter and sent it to him with a membership card. It was just a bit of light entertainment more than anything else, it has become more of a story than it was ever meant to be!”
On Twitter Rev Cole posted a pic of his new membership card and thanked the club saying, he could not express how honoured and grateful he was.
"We're delighted,” Ms McCarthy said. “It was a bit of distraction for the members at the moment, the way things are, it brought a bit of a buzz.”