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« Reply #4335 on: April 10, 2018, 11:26:04 AM »
I divide my view of Brolly into two parts. He has very interesting things to say about society, and what he says is generally on the mark, even if he is generally short on solutions to the problems he mentions, the organ donation issue apart.

In terms of what he has to say about the GAA it has become very tedious. At his best he is a storyteller and a wordsmith, not a proper analyst. The problem with being a storyteller is even the best ones eventually run out of stories to tell, so they have to resort to making them up and being a full on controversialist.

His columns were great value and essential reading for a number of years, but no longer. That he used to write good columns only magnifies that he has run out of interesting things to say about the GAA, and now comes across as little more than a luddite.

Colm O'Rourke on the same page doesn't have that problem, as his columns have never had very much of interest to say.

Derry are in Division 4 precisely because of attitudes like Brolly's. Admitting and addressing that reality might make the basis of an interesting column for him.

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« Reply #4336 on: April 10, 2018, 11:46:53 AM »
I heard that he had taken the homeless man in.  I was just interested to know how long it was going to be before he told everybody about it.  Same as the giving of the kidney.  People do that every day.  He wrote about it, did about fifteen newspaper and TV interviews about it, and three documentaries.  OK Joe - you have a charitable side.  We all know about it now.  Just leave us alone.

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« Reply #4337 on: April 10, 2018, 11:57:06 AM »
I heard that he had taken the homeless man in.  I was just interested to know how long it was going to be before he told everybody about it.  Same as the giving of the kidney.  People do that every day.  He wrote about it, did about fifteen newspaper and TV interviews about it, and three documentaries.  OK Joe - you have a charitable side.  We all know about it now.  Just leave us alone.

have you heard of somebody being a living donor to a non family member before ? Much less every day

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« Reply #4338 on: April 10, 2018, 12:00:37 PM »
I like Brolly and even tho ye are right he is gone a little stale and he hates Laois(even when we were decent) the world would be a lot less interesting with out him!
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« Reply #4339 on: April 10, 2018, 12:00:57 PM »
If I'm honest, I do feel there is an element of narcissism in what Joe does, but so many good & positive things have resulted from it (specifically re organ donation) that it would be a bit petty to use that as a stick to beat him with.
In terms of the homeless chap, I think the take home message there is if people who are down on their luck can get some sort of a foot hold in society, they can significantly improve their lot.
In fairness to Joe, he gave the lad a roof over his head and a bit of security and it sounds like he is doing well as a direct result of that.
Like I said though, it's not a zero sum game, so if he could just stop being so liberal with the 'facts' when he's talking about GAA matters...


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« Reply #4340 on: April 10, 2018, 12:07:21 PM »
I heard that he had taken the homeless man in.  I was just interested to know how long it was going to be before he told everybody about it.  Same as the giving of the kidney.  People do that every day.  He wrote about it, did about fifteen newspaper and TV interviews about it, and three documentaries.  OK Joe - you have a charitable side.  We all know about it now.  Just leave us alone.

I find lines like this absolutely astounding, lives are being saved, and I'm sure the many people who have benefited (and their family and friends) from the campaigns and the promotion of the campaigns would disagree

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« Reply #4341 on: April 10, 2018, 01:23:40 PM »
In fairness to Joe it is very hard to be consistently original about GAA. Tom humphries was probably the best GAA journalist 20 years ago and even  he gave up after a while.  The plodders like Sean Moran and Breheny rely on statistics but never rise above mediocrity. 

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« Reply #4342 on: April 10, 2018, 01:35:37 PM »
Houlihan was the best and he covered all sports

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« Reply #4343 on: April 10, 2018, 03:00:24 PM »
Keep her going lads, we are near the 300 pages mark. Joe was telling me he would love to get to the 300 page mark.

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« Reply #4344 on: April 10, 2018, 03:18:52 PM »
"Would you believe I have an entire thread dedicated to me on gaaboard?"
"Do you, Joe?"
"Oh aye, it's true. 700 PAGES long."
"Hang on, I'm just looking at it here and it's only 300 pages long, Joe."
"Did I ever tell you about the time myself and big Geoffrey McGonigle went on safari and he tried to smuggle a giraffe onto the plane home?"
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« Reply #4345 on: April 10, 2018, 04:23:30 PM »
I have 50 replies per page so it's only on 87 for me.
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« Reply #4346 on: April 10, 2018, 04:28:12 PM »
"Would you believe I have an entire thread dedicated to me on gaaboard?"
"Do you, Joe?"
"Oh aye, it's true. 700 PAGES long."
"Hang on, I'm just looking at it here and it's only 300 pages long, Joe."
"Did I ever tell you about the time myself and big Geoffrey McGonigle went on safari and he tried to smuggle a giraffe onto the plane home?"

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« Reply #4347 on: April 10, 2018, 05:31:01 PM »
I heard that he had taken the homeless man in.  I was just interested to know how long it was going to be before he told everybody about it.  Same as the giving of the kidney.  People do that every day.  He wrote about it, did about fifteen newspaper and TV interviews about it, and three documentaries.  OK Joe - you have a charitable side.  We all know about it now.  Just leave us alone.

By doing the PR on his transplant Brolly did major work in raising the profile of organ donation, like him or loathe him he has made a step that few of us would consider.  But you have probably done much more without recognition.

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« Reply #4348 on: April 10, 2018, 05:58:21 PM »
I heard that he had taken the homeless man in.  I was just interested to know how long it was going to be before he told everybody about it.  Same as the giving of the kidney.  People do that every day.  He wrote about it, did about fifteen newspaper and TV interviews about it, and three documentaries.  OK Joe - you have a charitable side.  We all know about it now.  Just leave us alone.

By doing the PR on his transplant Brolly did major work in raising the profile of organ donation, like him or loathe him he has made a step that few of us would consider.  But you have probably done much more without recognition.

He publishes it to promote it and encourage others to save lives. Fair play to him but you can do nothing in this country without begrudgers taking away from it

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« Reply #4349 on: April 11, 2018, 09:37:35 AM »
I heard that he had taken the homeless man in.  I was just interested to know how long it was going to be before he told everybody about it.  Same as the giving of the kidney.  People do that every day.  He wrote about it, did about fifteen newspaper and TV interviews about it, and three documentaries.  OK Joe - you have a charitable side.  We all know about it now.  Just leave us alone.

By doing the PR on his transplant Brolly did major work in raising the profile of organ donation, like him or loathe him he has made a step that few of us would consider.  But you have probably done much more without recognition.

He publishes it to promote it and encourage others to save lives. Fair play to him but you can do nothing in this country without begrudgers taking away from it

The Joe Brolly Debate.

Poster #1 - Brolly is a boll!x
Poster #2 - You just don't like him cause he honest
Poster #1 - No he's actually full of Sh!te
Poster #2 Yeah but look what he's done for charity
Poster #1 That was great, but he's still a boll!x
Poster #2 Your just a begrudger

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