Through The Hoops
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The true story of the Hoops and Irish Goalkeeper tracing back his young years growing up at the foot of the Dublin Mountains, through his six successful years with Shamrock Rovers at Milltown and then on to the infamous Government Stockbroker Inquiry, which virtually made him an outcast and an exile from the land and the people he loved. For the first time, Jimmy releases documentary evidence substantiating his claims of impropriety against the Irish Government Stockbrokers Butler & Briscoe, evidence "disbarred" and buried by the Committee of Inquiry. Here then is the story of a young man who dared to stand against corruption, fraud and abuse of power at the highest levels of Irish financial life, and in the end paid a very high price.
the second week in Arklow. Worse was to come though. As we drove back to Dublin, a pit stop became necessary and we pulled in at the side of a ditch. As we tended to nature’s call, a loud bang erupted and we turned to see an O’Rourke’s bread van scrape along the side of Johnny’s car and tear off up the road. A few expletives later, we examined the damage and using our combined man power managed to pull the mangled side away from the mobile bits and were soon on our way again towards Dublin,
deliver the stock until the next day; unless the market was in a tight situation stock paid for and not delivered until the next day would not be noticed. Mr. Goodbody asked Mr. Cummins if he was saying that interest on the money went to the firm and not the Government, and Mr. Cummins said that he was, and in reply to a question from the Chairman said he was quite sure that no payment whatever had been made to the Government in respect of interest. Mr. Goodbody said that in fairness Mr. Cummins
between Meath and Dublin, where the skills of Gaelic Football were on show by the masters. Players from Dublin like Kevin Heffernan, Des Foley, Dessie “Snitchy” Ferguson and some Meath greats like Paddy O’Brien, who my Dad called the “greatest full back of all time”, Christo Hand and Kevin McConnell. The only problem was that whichever team won, it could raise serious debate and disputes at home between my Dad and Mam, more especially if Meath lost and my Dad tried to cover his embarrassment with
lighting up a cigarette for him, placed it carefully between his shaking fingers. Then came the biggest and loudest applause I have ever witnessed from spectators, opposition players and supporters, Valley United supporters, boys, girls, even it seemed the cattle in the next field, as they carried him off that day. The shivers went up and down my spine. From that moment, my fate was sealed. I wanted to be a ‘custodian’. Chapter 6 PRIESTLY INTENTIONS And still it went on at home. Many
of Commerce Student’s Union. The following slogan, I am now embarrassed to say, was my pitch for the job, “Roses are red Violets are blue Jimmy is the only Treasure(r) for you”. It must have worked, I was duly elected and on the morning of the speeches, I tried to persuade my Mother to let me borrow Garry’s blue pin stripe suit (a little like Kennedy’s) as all I owned was a tatty light green suit which was not at all flattering. She refused outright and I gave a slightly nervous