An Irish rugby referee has posted a hilarious video in which he goes on an expletive-laden rant to warn people to stay inside in a bid to held stop the spread of Covid-19.


Tommy O’Donoghue, a national panel referee for the IRFU from Co Limerick, has gone viral after his hilarious rant was picked up and shared thousands of times on social media.

In Ireland, people have been asked to stay at home as much as possible, only leaving their houses to pick up essential shopping or to undertake exercise within a 2km radius of their homes.

Yet there have been reports that a number of people have not followed these restrictions, with the Limerick referee stating he is willing to take matters into his own hands.

O’Donoghue begins the video by stating ‘This is a public service announcement,” before delivering a sweary warning.

“Stay the f*** at home,” he says.


“All those f****** 19, 20, 17-year-olds, all out hanging around the streets. I’ll tell you what I’ll do if I find out that any one of you are hanging around the streets, I’ll go down to your house, right, I’ll go down to your f****** house.”

O’Donoghue is a well-known rugby referee based in his Limerick, and his video was picked up and shared by fellow Limerick native Blindboy Boatclub, a popular podcaster and comedian.

So far, the video has been liked over 28,000 times.

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