Maith an fear, Stan . . . Collymore stuns his Irish fans by tweeting as Gaeilge
FORMER Liverpool striker Stan Collymore has stunned fans by posting messages online -- in Irish.
Collymore, once among the most expensive forwards in England, has revealed he was drawn to Celtic languages through watching Welsh TV.
The talkSPORT presenter started the ball rolling by tweeting a link to Sinead O'Connor's early 1990s single Success Has Made a Failure of Our Home.
He included a note in Irish, which translated as "the most beautiful little bird in the garden".
In another tweet as Gaeilge, he explained he had not got much Irish but at least he was trying.
He also spoke about playing the spoons in a pub in Donegal and how happy he was to have new friends in Ireland.
One fan thanked him and said she was really enjoying his "cupla focal".
Another asked: "I know you're a legend but when did you become fluent in Irish?"
Stan even sent messages in Irish to comic and well-known gaeilgeoir Dara O Briain, who said: "This is why Twitter rules. Now chatting to Stan Collymore, through Irish."
A contributor to an online forum joked: "Is he one of the Collymores from Gweedore?"
During his playing career, he starred for Nottingham Forest and Aston Villa, as well as Liverpool.
In recent weeks, he has given an insight into his battle against depression, claiming he had hardly opened his curtains in four days.