On this day in 1984, the wrestler Giant Haystacks appeared on 'The Late Late Show' while visiting Dublin. The European Super Heavyweight champion was 7ft tall, weighed 42 stone and wore size 16 shoes. His real name was Martin Ruane. He was born to Irish parents two days after they emigrated to London.
In this extract, Giant Haystacks talks to Gay Byrne about the trials and tribulations of being so large. When travelling he uses a special code number to ensure three seats are booked for him. Cars don't last very long. He also talks about coming up with a name that would both describe what he looked like and that people would remember.
This episode of 'The Late Late Show' was broadcast on 18 February 1984.