Bluebeat: Harrison Brews up a storm, the ’Joy of Gaelic football, and Ted’s talks


Harrison Brewer of Terenure reacts after his side's victory in the Energia All-Ireland League Men's Division 1A Final© SPORTSFILE

Niall Scully

Glory days in Terenure. Their first Energia All-Ireland League Division 1 rugby title. They defeated Clontarf at the Aviva.

Harrison Brewer was the captain. He also knows what it’s like to play in Croke Park.

He went to school at St Olaf’s. He captained them to Cumann na mBunscol success.

He has a deep sporting pedigree. His dad, Mike, is the famous All Black.

Harrison’s attitude impressed all during his school days. Gerry Murphy was his principal at Olaf’s.

“Harrison was such a natural athlete. He took so easily to Gaelic football. And he was such an inspiration to all his team-mates,” he said.

​Philly brings the ’Joy to reality TV

RTÉ’S three-part documentary series, ‘Gaelic in the Joy’, starts on Wednesday night, RTÉ 1 (9.35pm).

It features Philly McMahon and comedian Rory O’Connor, from Rory’s Stories.

The duo go into Mountjoy Prison to prepare a team for a big game under the Croke Park floodlights.

They have 12 weeks to train the squad ahead of the match against the Mountjoy Prison officers.

Along the way, the inmates will learn all about what makes a good team – on the pitch, and in life itself: leadership, playing for each other and self-belief.

It’s sure to offer an interesting insight into life at Mountjoy. And it continues the work that Philly has done in the prison.

He had a highly successful career in the Dublin jersey.

And he has used his profile to spread gold-dust everywhere he goes.

​Ruby’s school days were an education

​Ted’s Talks were always worth listening to. Ted Walsh – one of the most natural broadcasters of them all.

He loves his sport. As does his son, Ruby, who is now also an accomplished broadcaster.

Ruby was a tidy footballer with the Holy Faith Community School in Rathcoole.

He played a Dublin schools match one afternoon before rushing off to ride a winner.

He’d become a great jockey. Winning more races than he could remember.

But he’s still proud of the day he won the Under-18 Dublin Colleges’ football title with the school.