Immunologist Professor Luke O’Neill was speaking on The Pat Kenny Show where he revealed some of the positive emails he received during the pandemic which he said, “kept my spirits up”.
He talked about how fame has had its pros and cons while stating that “as soon as you appear on the telly, people recognise your face and that was unusual.”
He also mentioned some incidents that included people recognising him on the streets; “I’d be walking up from my lab to here, and three people would shout at me – and I thought why are they shouting at me?”
He went on to say that these incidents have gone down a bit as he moved off the TV but said that it was very strange.
In regards to the emails, he said that he was receiving approximately 30 a day at one point which were predominantly in relation to people’s concerns about the vaccines and asking for advice.
However, he mentions that some of the emails were on the funnier side of the spectrum; “I got some really funny ones: just before Christmas, a lady sends me an e-mail and says ‘Dear Luke, we’ve had a vote – we want you to replace the baby Jesus in the crib this Christmas’.
Another email read, ‘Dear Luke, my mother will be your bodyguard – she can stop lightening with her hand. And her only payment is a gin and tonic and a slice of lemon’.
He explained that these emails kept his spirits up because of the “fair bit of hate” that he was receiving, however, he added that the majority of comments were positive.
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