Brolly’s Altruistic Act

A good news story to warm the cockles of Slugger’s collective heart. Legendary Derry GAA star and present-day RTE pundit for Gaelic Games, Joe Brolly, is recovering in hospital after donating a kidney to a fellow under-age coach from the St Brigid’s GAA club in Belfast, Shane Finnegan.

From the Belfast Telegraph:

Two-time all-star Brolly, who now works as a barrister and TV sports pundit, approached Mr Finnegan when he heard he needed a live donor.

“I’m honoured to have been in the position to help Shane,” he said from hospital.

“He’s been waiting for a transplant for over six years and when I heard that the only possibility of one was through a live donor I contacted his medical team. Of course, in my considered opinion it’s all going according to plan – and thankfully the doctors concur.”

Mr Finnegan, 40, has suffered from kidney problems for 20 years. Two previous transplants have failed – one of them after 12 years.

“Joe’s altruism is overwhelming and of course there are no words to thank him or his family for his wonderful gift,” said the father-of-three, who is a client director at leading Belfast public relations firm Aiken PR.