Glan­mire Bas­ket­ball to host an Joe Brolly char­ity event

Irish Examiner - County - - Sport - Bar­bara O’Con­nell

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.

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