1. yonkersconquers says

    What a gent. He’s a major figure in one of the most revered sports in the nation. You can’t sufficiently express how much he means to gay teens growing up in Ireland. The man’s already a national hero.

  2. says

    This guy is the toughtest guy in the world playing the hardest game in the world.
    I wrote to him when he first came out…..he is a complete hero in the sporting world and an even greater hero in the gay community.
    I love that part of the speech where he refers to “The Gay Republic of Cork”
    Maybe he just reads the speech, maybe it’s difficult to understand but it is one of the most profound reflections on what it means to grow up gay in Ireland……

    “Where one part of society thinks they can police another part…..whether on the terraces or otherwise….”
    Donal og has been so positive and affirmative for young gay people and this speech is huge and funny and poignant.

  3. Caliban says

    It sounds like it was a probably a good speech, but I wish there was a transcript or captions because I couldn’t understand half or more of what he said.

  4. Caliban says

    @CBurg, thanks for the transcript! It truly is an excellent speech, witty in places but also wise and true. It was the sound recording quality and acoustics that made it hard for me to understand, not so much the accent, but I’m glad I took the time to read what he said.

  5. says

    I am ever conscious that it was the Court of Human Rights in Strasburg that forced the Irish government of change the law to decriminalise homosexual acts…….what a shame on that time. Donal Og Cusack refers to that in his speech.

    This man is a true colossus of integrity.

    Now, in Ireland, things are different …every family has a gay son or daughter, there are gay theatre and film festivals and the biggest Pride parade ever.The straights even give ME work !!!!
    there are Civil Partnerships and a big push for Marriage Equality.
    People like Donal Og are just inspirational.

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