I think the Gooch is a starved bastard doing this testimonial thing, and I wouldn’t go to it if I got a free ticket because I can’t imagine anything duller. But he can do whatever the fuck he wants in his own time. It’s has zero effect on my life whatsoever, so if he can convince some cute Kerry hoors to part with their hard earned then fair fucks to him.
I don’t see it as any different from DJ Carey on an add for dry cow mastitis, a GAA player opening a pub or a sports shop, a GAA player writing a column in the paper, a GAA man getting a cushy job in the bank or as a sales rep, a lad getting paid a few bob to go over to the states to play for the summer, a fella getting a few quid to present medals or run a summer camp or whatever. They are all using their profile as GAA players for monetary gain in different ways.
Nobody would even have a notion who Brolly was if it wasn’t for the GAA. Brolly has used his profile as a GAA player and his undoubted intelligence to manufacture a role for himself as a journalist. He’s not a bad journalist to be fair, always provokes opinion etc, but he wouldn’t be on TV or in media without monetising his profile as a GAA player. Brolly himself does after dinner speaking and while he might do medal presentations etc for free you can be fucking certain he doesn’t do that for free, and fair fucks to him for getting paid for it. Again it has zero effect whatsoever on my life.
Anyway it’s two sides of the same coin, Gooch just came with the shotgun, while Brolly carried the briefcase, but it’s all in the game.