Glanmire Basketball to host an Joe Brolly charity event
GLANMIRE Basketball Club will host an Evening with Joe Brolly on Thursday, March 29 in the Clayton Silversprings Hotel (8pm) to help raise funds for the club along with the MR Hospice Foundation Palliative Care team.
Fundraising is fundamental to all Organisations and Sports Clubs across the Country. With so many looking for a piece of the very small pot of gold that is rarely available many Clubs rely on internal fundraising to facilitate development of facilities and general expenditure in fulfilling fixtures to promote their chosen sport.
Basketball is one such sport and under the guidance of Basketball Ireland, several Clubs in Cork cater for players of all ages from very small kids to their parents and more. Cork has always been a hotbed of Basketball in Ireland with many remembering the golden days of the 80s, Deora Marsh, Terry Strickland, along with Jasper McElroy became household names playing before packed houses in Neptune Stadium and The Parochial Hall.
The modern game has seen its fair share of extremely good talent coming through and many of the current crop of Super League players have benefitted from US Scholarships playing at a high level on the US College Circuit.
Despite all of this in recent years Basketball Ireland had to pull the International Senior Teams from competition due to shortage of funds, a crisis that trickled down to grassroots. One such Club who rely on fundraising to cater for almost 200 girls from six years of age is Glanmire BC.
Glanmire’s success has been steadfast in recent years at all levels up to and including the Women’s Super League with many players getting the opportunity to travel to US on the aforementioned scholarships and many gaining International Caps despite the lack of International Basketball over recent years. To this end the Club have been working hard to ensure that they remain up at the higher echelons of basketball in Ireland and have teamed up with a former Schoolboy International Bas- ketball Player although better known for his GAA Punditry, Journalism, Organ Transplant Advocate and Legal work as one of Northern Ireland’s top Barristers, Joe Brolly.
Glanmire BC will present “An Evening with Joe Brolly” in the Clayton Hotel Silver Springs on Thursday night March 29th at 8pm. As part of the evening funds will also be raised for MR Hospice Foundation Palliative Care Team who Joe works selflessly with.
Brolly played for the Derry football team in the 1990s and early 2000s and was part of their first ever All-Ireland Senior Football Championship winning side in 1993 and also won two Ulster Senior Football Championships and four National League titles. He also won two All Star Awards during his career. He played basketball for Ireland as a schoolboy. After school he went to Trinity College, Dublin, before doing a postgraduate course at Queen’s University Belfast. He was a prominent member of the Dublin University Central Athletic Club in his Trinity days, and became a member of the student executive.
He usually played as right corner forward and was renowned for his accurate pointtaking, goal-scoring ability, pace and ability to take on opponents. He was also known for his goal celebration of blowing kisses to the crowd, and had his nose broken twice during his career immediately after scoring goals.
He also played hurling, for local club Kevin Lynch’s when they won Division 2 of the AllIreland Féile na nGael in 1982 as a 13 year old. A campaigner to make organ donation the norm in Northern Ireland has said he will not rest until positive changes are made in the law, Brolly, who gave a kidney to a friend and fellow GAA coach Shane Finnegan, supports changing the law to an opt-out system of organ donation across Ireland.
A game of two halves, the evening will consist of Joe telling his story in his own words followed by an open forum Q&A session from the audience. An evening I am sure not to be missed, tickets are available from any member of Glanmire Basketball Club Committee. Tickets will also be available on Ticketmaster.
Left to right: Ruairi Deane, Graham Canty, Jamie Wall and Mark O’Donovan at the recent launch of Play Us GAA app which was held in Croke Park.
Joe Brolly will be in Cork this March.