Fine Gael hooked on hav­ing lunch with gor­geous Ge­orge

AN­NUAL LUNCH RUGBY PUN­DIT KEEPS HIS AU­DI­ENCE CAP­TI­VATED

Bray People - - Schoolsreport - Mary FOG­A­RTY

‘I WAS a b****x long be­fore tele­vi­sion, I was a b****x for free... I am now the most ex­pen­sive b****x that money can buy!’ Re­sponded Ge­orge Hook to a ques­tion from the floor on the mat­ter at last Fri­day’s an­nual Fine Gael lunch in Bray Golf Club.

The au­thor, broad­caster, and rugby pun­dit ex­traor­di­naire de­liv­ered a seam­less speech be­fore the meal on Fri­day af­ter­noon, hold­ing his au­di­ence in thrall. ‘I was un­be­liev­ably good,’ he said, to a peal of laugh­ter, mod­estly re­call­ing his first tele­vi­sion gig on RTE.

The ‘Lovely In­grid,’ Hook’s long­suf­fer­ing wife, fea­tured heav­ily in his mus­ings, as she al­ways does of course. ‘Old Hookie is a ro­man­tic,’ he said, telling lunch­ers how, af­ter propos­ing to her af­ter their sec­ond date, he later post­poned the nup­tials for the sake of a rugby match!

A fine choice for the event, which had pre­vi­ously been the plat­form for a se­ries of more po­lit­i­cal guests of hon­our, Hook proved him­self once again to be an enor­mously en­ter­tain­ing speaker and some­thing of a co­me­dian.

The au­di­ence, com­posed of party mem­bers as well as rep­re­sen­ta­tives of lo­cal busi­ness and me­dia, was cap­ti­vated from the first word, de­spite the sun stream­ing through the win­dow be­hind him and ren­der- ing Old Hookie some­thing of an an­gelic fig­ure be­fore their very eyes.

Fine Gael Candidates for Bray Town Coun­cil, Sarah Wray and Mick Glynn, with Ge­orge Hook at the Christ­mas Lunch in Bray Golf Club.

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