- 07 Jan 21
The Kerry man was praised for his calm and insightful reporting live from Washington D.C. yesterday.
As the US witnessed one of its darkest days for democracy in living memory, following the storming of the Capitol building in Washington D.C. yesterday, one CNN reporter sparked a major reaction on Twitter: Donie O'Sullivan of Cahersiveen, Co. Kerry
The word 'Donie' was among the top trending topics on Irish Twitter – with people praising his calm and insightful reporting live from the ground amid the chaos on Capitol Hill. O'Sullivan, who studied History, International Relations and Political Science at UCD, followed by a Masters degree in Political Science and Government at Queens University in Belfast, was recruited by CNN after working for Storyful.
CNN's chief national correspondent John King, who has Irish ancestry, was among those to describe Donie as "awesome" last night:
— John King (@JohnKingCNN) January 6, 2021
Take a look at some more of the reactions to Donie below:
All the other CNN correspondents can’t believe this stuff and are freaking out but Donie O’Sullivan is strolling around like he’s seen far worse coming out of a Carlow nightclub #donie
— Declan Lawn (@DecLawn) January 6, 2021
Ah, well done @donie. Be careful out there.
— Dara Ó Briain (@daraobriain) January 6, 2021
— Gavan Reilly (@gavreilly) January 6, 2021
CNN's Donie O'Sullivan strolling thru the rioters with the confidence of a man rared on batter burgers and black pudding knowing full well he could knock out at least 3 of them before he's overpowered
— Jamie (@FCTwenteBenson) January 6, 2021
Have to say, @donie might well just be the new Fungi.
— Colm Tobin (@colmtobin) January 6, 2021
Someone ferry @donie out a sup of stout and replenish him.
Absolute motor on him. Brilliant stuff
— Richard Chambers (@newschambers) January 6, 2021
— Conor Wilson (@ConorWilson) January 6, 2021
Well, everyone seems to know my big brother now. 😂 So proud of you Donie. 🇮🇪 Up Kerry! pic.twitter.com/VQArYk7tdY
— Sinéad O’Sullivan 💛 (@SineadOS4) January 6, 2021
Overwhelmed by all the love from Ireland tonight. ☘️ ❤️ https://t.co/rKCksNFxkk
— Donie O'Sullivan (@donie) January 7, 2021
At least four people are reportedly dead, after supporters of Donald Trump breached the US Capitol yesterday. The mob broke into the building and occupied offices, following demonstrations in Washington protesting the outcome of the presidential election.
Trump addressed his supporters through a video he shared to Twitter – telling protesters "I love you", before telling them to go home. He has since been suspended from both Twitter and Facebook – with Twitter noting that his tweets were "severe violations of our Civic Integrity policy."