Bal­ly­mac fam­ily just stole d’In­ter­net


The Kerryman (South Kerry Edition) - - NEWS - By TADHG EVANS

TADHG Flem­ing wasn’t even go­ing to up­load his vi­ral hit “Bat Dad” to Face­book and YouTube, but he’s cer­tainly de­lighted that his friends con­vinced him that it needed a big­ger au­di­ence – be­cause a big­ger au­di­ence is what it got.

The 27-year-old B-Mo­bile em­ployee from Bal­ly­ma­cel­lig­ott said he was fi­nally “re­cov­er­ing from my five sec­onds of fame”, af­ter a re­veal­ing two-minute video doc­u­ment­ing his fam­ily’s ef­forts to chase a bad from their kitchen clocked up over 50 mil­lion views across so­cial me­dia in just seven days.

“I recorded the video on Mon­day night af­ter a bat man­aged to get into the kitchen, and I’m cer­tainly glad that I doc­u­mented the whole thing now!” he laughed. “I up­loaded it to Snapchat as a 24-hour story, and my phone started hop­ping with mes­sages from my friends say­ing they were in tears of laugh­ter. They kept at me to up­load it for the pub­lic. I gave in, and that was the start of a week like no other.”

Tadhg al­ready had a name for up­load­ing videos onto his @tad­hgflem­ingvideos Face­book page and Tadhg Flem­ing YouTube ac­count, but his pre­vi­ous up­loads show­cased re­hearsed com­edy sketches for the most part – whereas this couldn’t have been more off the cuff.

“Ah, sure it was a one in a mil­lion oc­cur­rence,” he said. “How of­ten would a bat fly into any­one’s kitchen, let alone be chased by my fa­ther, who was wear­ing shorts and wield­ing a towel? Then the dog started pee­ing in the cor­ner while my Mom was hid­ing be­hind the door. It was a pure freak!

“The video had been up a few hours and was get­ting an amaz­ing amount of feed­back, but it was when Ray D’Arcy called look­ing for me to come on the ra­dio that the mad­ness re­ally took off.”

And that was far from the end of it all. “I checked an e-mail last Wed­nes­day claim­ing to be from Jimmy Kim­mel’s team, and they were ask­ing me to come on live. To be hon­est, even though I replied, I thought it was just one of my un­cles hav­ing a laugh!

“But then they phoned me, and I re­alised it wasn’t a hoax. A few hours later, at 1am on Thurs­day morn­ing, my­self, Mom and Dad were on a video link ap­pear­ing live on one of the big­gest TV shows in the world.

“I sup­pose that put us at ease ahead of speak­ing from the Late Late Show au­di­ence on Fri­day – but that was pretty sur­real too. I went from post­ing on Snapchat on Mon­day evening to ap­pear­ing on chat shows and news­pa­pers, and hav­ing t-shirts and songs made in hon­our of my video.

“It got so crazy that I ac­tu­ally missed an­other e-mail from RTÉ ask­ing me to ap­pear on Ray D’Arcy’s TV show. That’s not the kind of mes­sage you nor­mally miss.”

A week on, how­ever, and things are fi­nally set­tling back into some­thing like nor­mal­ity – but Tadhg has lit­tle but pos­i­tive to say about his week in a mil­lion.

“The Jimmy Kim­mel in­ter­view is still the top-trend­ing video on YouTube, but things are fi­nally set­tling down,” he said. Mom and Dad and my sis­ters Sad­hbh and Mary Ann have dealt fine with it. Dad [Derry] has been in­un­dated with peo­ple com­ing into the Credit Union in Tralee, laugh­ing at the sight of him work­ing away and ask­ing for a photo.

“All the rel­a­tives are still ring­ing Mom [Mau­reen], but even though it’s qui­eten­ing down, I’m still get­ting some lovely mes­sages from all over the world. One per­son in Amer­ica said it gave them the laugh they needed – and that sort of thing is nice to hear.”

Orla Wil­liams, Kil­lar­ney (sec­ond from right), win­ner of The Ker­ry­man’s All-Ire­land Fi­nal Pack­age com­pe­ti­tion, pic­tured with (from left) An­drew Roche (Iarn­ród Éire­ann Busi­ness De­vel­op­ment Man­ager), Eileen Wil­liams (Kil­cum­min), Siob­han Mur­phy (The...

Photos by Dom­nick Walsh

MAIN PHOTO: Mum Mau­reen, Dad Derry ( Bat Dad ) and Tadhg with Basil Dog ( The wee­ing Dog ). IN­SET: Mum Mau­reen, Tadhg and sis­ters Maryann and Sad­hbh check out the on­line re­sponse.

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