An Irishman running scared with the bulls in Pamplona


I turned and sprinted and before I knew it, was in the ring with bulls less than six meters behind me. I was sure the first had focused on me. So I feigned to go right, a sidestep, and burst off to my left. I had fooled the bull. 20,000 people were cheering and screaming at the bulls. The runners, the spectacle, baying for blood in las gradas (the stands).

The desire for death and blood in the morning was clear. That’s Spain, that’s the Basque country, that was the bull run. Un truc de fou.

*Vincent O’Dowd is a producer with Sky News , he formerly worked for Irish Voice newspaper.

Watch a video of the Running of the Bulls below with a glimpse of Vincent at 1:50.