Video: Frostbit star’s Ice Bucket sensation

A Derry teenager whose fears of being “frost bit” were heard around the world has extended his period of internet fame with a video of his ice bucket challenge.

Ruairi McSorley’s televised warning about the dangers of being out in the freezing weather has been viewed online more than one million times.

Ruairi McSorley

Ruairi McSorley

The 18-year-old, from the village of Park, is a budding impressionist and comedian but the thick, rural accent so popular with the viewing public is all his own - albeit a little hammed up for the camera.

“I seen it all over the internet, surely. I thought I would have been just talking about it to a few auld ones outside of the chapel but sure there you go,” he said.

He told the Derry Journal: “There’s millions and millions of views. From America and all over - even Japanese. There’s a GAA Club in Tokyo who were on to me and everything. I might have to take a wee run out there to give them a wee visit. Sure, I’ve a cousin once-removed lives out there. There’s not too many boys in Park Village with cousins once-removed in Tokyo.”

In his ice bucket video, Ruairi named most of his cousins, and half of the village, when nominating others for the challenge.