A teenager from Park Village woke up this morning to find himself the subject of internet fame, with his 16-second interview with UTV drawing amusement around the globe.
Ruairi McSorley’s colourful accent and short warning about the dangers of frost-bite in the current wintry weather conditions has already been viewed countless times across the globe.
The 18-year-old is an impressionist and comedian although he does speak with the thick rural accent which has seen him shoot to online fame.
Speaking to the Sentinel, he said: “I seen it all over the internet, surely. I thought I would have been just talking about it to a few auld ones outside of the chapel but sure there you go.
“There’s millions and millions of views. From America and all over - even Japanese. There’s a GAA Club in Tokyo who were on to me and everything. I might have to take a wee run out there to give them a wee visit. Sure, I’ve a cousin once-removed lives out there. There’s not too many boys in Park Village with cousins once-removed in Tokyo.
“I’d love to go on the auld X-Factor but I cannae say I’m while good at the auld singing but sure what does that matter anyway. Sure if you’re just a bit of an eejit everybody would be on voting for you anyway just to annoy your man Simon Cowell.”
The hilarious 16-second clip of the UTV report was posted to reddit.com last night and quickly became one of the most viewed and commented-on links on the website - one of the largest in terms of traffic on the planet. The mostly American reddit users expressed bemusement and fascination with Ruairi’s broad Park accent.
One reddit user wrote “he souds like he’s about 375 years old” while another said “dude sounds like he’s about to start reading me some Canterbury Tales”.
Some who couldn’t understand what the teenager was saying wondered if he would understand their accents. One reddit user said “hard to believe we speak the same language as him after listening to that” while another said “Now, would this guy have a hard time understanding the way I speak in Connecticut?”