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Donal Óg Cusack opening Foyle Pride Festival August 25, 2012

Posted by Tomboktu in LGBT Rights, Northern Ireland.
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1. WorldbyStorm - August 25, 2012

Well that was good. Thanks for posting that up Tomboktu.

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2. CMK - August 25, 2012

Powerful stuff! The guy’s not only an inspiration but he’s very, very funny. There’s more laughs in that segment than in RTE’s entire ‘comedy’ output for 2012! My own personal anti-GAA prejudice had meant I never paid too much attention to the Donal Óg phenomenon, but, listening to him speak there, he definitely is a very charismatic individual. The only concern I would have is that when he reaches the end of his playing career inevitably political parties will want to tap into such obvious talent which, combined with his illustrious playing career, makes him a very attractive candidate. Who will he choose?

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Tomboktu - August 25, 2012

He has spoken previously at a Sinn Fein event, and it and the DUP are the only parties he names in the Foyle PRode speech. (And, when in Derry, he named Heaney but not the county’s other Nobel Prize winner…)

So, I would bet he has already chosen.

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CMK - August 26, 2012

SF? Well, OK, you can’t have everything. Where would he run, I thought SF have Cork pretty well sown up?

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Tomboktu - August 27, 2012

Cloyne is in Cork East, which already has a SF TD. So, I guess if he goes into politics, it could be the European Parliament in 2014.

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3. ragman - August 26, 2012

Very witty and clever and cool lil speech, well done Donal Óg, although im often sceptical of the GPA crowd, this is good stuff

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4. Blissett - August 26, 2012

I actually am somebody who would probably have some issues with Dónal Óg in relation to GPA stuff and in particular the last cork hurlers strike. But I nonetheless have huge respect for him, he is a fantastic ambassador for all the GAA represents, has really been excellent in terms of being a role model for young gay people, and owes absolutely nothing to Cork hurling either, terrific keeper who revolutionised the position. GAA autobiographys can be hit and miss (to say the least!) but Come What May is a good read.

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5. Joe - August 26, 2012

A great goalkeeper. And a brave gay man. But he made a bollix of Cork hurling by leading that strike. It’s only now beginning to recover again. As I watched that debacle drag on and on, I found myself having less and less time for him. And it now appears that he may be a Shinner – proving me right once again!

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Blissett - August 26, 2012

I think he was wrong, but doing it for the right reasons. The thing about that strike I found so very frustrating is that I do think that everyone involved were, from their point of view, doing what they were doing in the best interests of cork hurling. Shame they couldnt work it out. As you say, set cork back years, and ended up raking up all sorts of other rubbish, eg votes for Junior clubs etc, which had nothing got to do with the strike.
as well, Ger Mac did not deserve to be treated like that after all his years of service.

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Joe - August 28, 2012

It wasn’t a strike. It was the Cork senior hurling panel of one particular year, led by Dónal Óg and Seán Óg and a few others, deciding that they should have a veto on who was appointed Cork senior hurling manager. And also pretty much insisting that they all should remain on the Cork senior hurling panel until they decided otherwise. Of course the same pathetic bunch of supporters who marched in support of Roy Keane in Cork, also marched in support of this shower. The GAA Central Council should have elected a new people or whatever it was Brecht said.

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Michael Carley - August 28, 2012

There are times when I have to remind myself that CLR is left and Irish and Irish left: a man is praised for being a fine sportsman, and an out gay man in a society and culture where that takes some courage, and is then denounced for leading a strike.

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Gearóid - August 28, 2012

It’s not as if a ‘strike’ by inter-county GAA players is has anything remotely to do with a strike involving actual workers, I even think there’s a post on this very site making that very point. http://cedarlounge.wordpress.com/2007/11/18/when-is-a-strike-not-a-strike/

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Gearóid - August 28, 2012
6. Gearóid - August 28, 2012

Speaking of sports and strikes, came across this. http://www.thenation.com/blog/169593/why-are-nfl-refs-locked-out-its-all-game#

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