When Normal People first aired, the response was hugely positive.
And ever since the love story between Connell and Marianne has gripped the nation.
However, in the first episode, some questioned the skills of the goalkeeper in the GAA scene.
Comedian Dara Ó Briain humorously pointed out: “Sally Rooney really should have written a goalkeeper who made more of an effort with that shot.
“I acknowledge her gift at drawing realistic, flawed characters but that goalie was clearly standing on the back foot as Conall ran in, leaving him to flap uselessly.”
...Clearly standing on the back foot as Conall ran in, leaving him to flap uselessly. A braver writer and director would then immediately drop the story of Conall and Whatserface and make the entire series about the goalkeeper who had just lost his school the match (2/6,574)— Dara Ó Briain (@daraobriain) April 30, 2020
Director Lenny Abrahamson responded to the doubters to point out that the keeper had actually beengood in early takes of the shot.
That is, in fact, exactly what happened. Stunning save on take 1. Low to his right. Couldn’t believe he kept it out.— lenny abrahamson (@lennyabrahamson) April 29, 2020
And now the Room director has produced proof of the player’s quality between the sticks.
Pssst - some rushes from #normalpeople showing the 2 saves the goalie made (first one pretty spectacular) before the take where Connell scores. As some speculated, I may have had a quiet word with him in advance of the final, used take .... Very fine keeper, tho. pic.twitter.com/VOTOOCcItr— lenny abrahamson (@lennyabrahamson) May 18, 2020
The goalie himself has spoken up to thank the Oscar nominated director for vindicating his skills.
Adam O’Connor said he hoped the doubters were “content with these clips.”
Although, there are still a few GAA based questions that need resolving…
While I’m at it, @lennyabrahamson, with your Oscar nominations, if that ground had a scoreboard, it would clearly have dressing rooms, so Jesus, lads what are you doing back on the bus with your kit on, smelling the place up? Although the dressing rooms would be manky.(67/13,576)— Dara Ó Briain (@daraobriain) April 30, 2020