Question Time with Jerry
By Jerry Flannery
Over the course of my career with Connacht, Munster and Ireland I have taken part in lots of interviews with journalists. The media as an industry is like everything else, there are some good people and some bad people (or pricks as they are often known) Luckily for me, the press have always been pretty kind in my dealings with them and I feel I have always tried to be honest with them in return. So today, as Ant OíDwyer, the CEO of the Pig Ďní Porter Festival has asked me to contribute to the festivalís programme, I am going to try a little experiment. I am going to try and see just how tough a job these lads in the media have had and I will try interview myself. I promise to make this an interesting and hard-hitting interview that pulls no punches in pursuit of the truth. So come with me now as we travel along a path of self-improvement, discovery and learning.
Me: Jerry, Nice to meet you, howíre things?
Me: Come at me Bro! Just kidding, humourís a big part of my everyday life. Right now Iím really just taking it easy. Iím really chilled out and sound.
Me: Thatís fantastic. Jerry, you recently retired from professional rugby after an amazing career in which you won two Magners Leagues and two Heineken Cups with Munster along with three triple crowns and a grand slam with Ireland as well as a selection for the British and Irish Lions tour to South Africa. Howís the transition been from rugby to the real world?
Me: Wow, I really was a seriously successful bastard when I was playing. I guess I was really lucky to play with so many great players. The transition has been weird but Iím really relishing the next phase of my life.
Me: Yes, itís strange but youíre still a relatively young man at 33 years old to be retired. Itís even stranger as you donít look a day over 25 years of age.
Me: Ha ha ha, well thanks very much, Iíll take whatever compliments are going but I think there arenít many lads playing past their mid thirties so although I went prematurely Iím very grateful for the time I had. With regards to my looks I suppose Iím fortunate to have a good skincare routine and thatís probably what has seemed to halt the aging process. It probably wonít last forever though ha ha (lol!)
Me: Jerry, if you donít mind me saying, youíre in great nick. You obviously havenít stopped hitting the gym since retirement. I know this is a bit embarrassing but whatís your body fat these days and what kind of numbers are you shifting in the weight room? Sorry, Iím just a bit excited to meet youÖ
Me: Its cool man, relax. Yeah my body fat is down to 0.43% at the moment but Iím hoping to get it to 0.0% in the next few weeks. With regards my strength scores nothing too major, a 220kg bench and a 400kg squat, standard enough for me. I enjoy the buzz in the weight room and although I can no longer inspire people on the rugby field I feel very strongly about my position in the gym as a role model, particularly for disadvantaged kids and weak people.
Me: Whoa! Those are some pretty superhuman weights youíre shifting! By the way your bodyfat seems to have decreased since weíve started the interview.
Me: Yeah, I have a pretty high metabolism alright, thatís why itís important that I take in a lot of protein throughout the day.
Me: Jerry, you seem to have that enviable quality of universal appeal to both sexes. Men want to drink with you and be your friend whilst women want to be with you. Youíre a bit of a pin up boy. Whatís your secret and is there a lucky lady in your life?
Me: Iím just an ordinary guy. Itís really important to me to stay true to myself and stay real. I listen to a lot of Tupac. With regards to the pin up boy tag, itís not something Iíve ever really been comfortable with and yes I do have a lady in my life, her nameís Katy and weíre very happy together thanks.
Me: Well Iím sure thereíll be a lot of disappointed girls reading this now!
Me: Sorry Bro, thatís life.
Me: Moving on, Jerry or can I call you ďFlaĒ?
Me: ďFlaĒ is fine with me mate, work away.
Me: Cool, you really are bang on. Anyways, Fla, I know you donít like to talk about it publicly but a little birdy told me you do a huge amount of work for charity. Would you mind outlining some of this please?
Me: Look, Iím not here to blow my own trumpet. I do a massive amount of charity work and contribute lots of money to the needy but I donít like going into detail as I feel itís a bit crude.
Me: Ok, thatís fair enough, but I think its worth saying I was at the Limerick Animal Welfare Dog show in the peoples park in Limerick last Sunday the 8th of July and I personally saw you give up your time to judge ďThe Best Doggy in LimerickĒ and the response from the community was incredible. I just want you to know we all think youíre an incredibly selfless hero, and we thank you.
Me: Thatís nice, now drop it or Iíll get angry.
Me: Yes Fla. Sorry to go on a bit. Anyways, youíre a busy man these days with the pub and youíre business interests online. What inspires you to be so rounded and hardworking?
Me: Well, I guess I was born into the pub business because my dad had it and since Iíve taken over Iíve enjoyed every minute of it. I work with a great team in there and I like a drink myself so itís a good fit. With regards to the online stuff JOE.ie and Her.ie, I wanted to challenge myself to try and create something to fill what I felt was a big niche online. The feedback has been phenomenonal and there are 20 fulltime jobs created, happy days!
Me: Itís like youíre fighting the recession all on your own there brother!
Me: Iím just one man trying to make a difference Brah.
Me: Well, I think itís more than fair to say that you more than any other man have had a huge influence on shaping this country and I just want you to know that personally I feel very hopeful for the future knowing there are guys like you out there.
Me: Cheers Brah, your words are humbling.
Me: Jerry or ďFlaĒ, thank you very much.
Me: Go raibh maith agat, SlŠn.