Episode 2747: This Is The Life, The Third Place, Emotional Blackmail Rules
Thursday 21st September 2023 was Murph Day, as friends, family, colleagues and Fíor-Ghaels assembled in the Sugar Club in Dublin to celebrate the launch of his new book “This Is The Life”.
Ken, having read the book, realises there was a lot he didn’t know about his old pal – and now feels bad for constantly bringing up the county final Murph lost and played so terribly in, all those years ago.
Second Captains regulars Oisin McConville and Jamie Wall joined the party too to discuss the book, the GAA’s fetishisation of hardship, its use of emotional blackmail and why it is the perfect “third place”.
Plus there’s young Murph, selfish Murph, talented Murph, Tony’s van, “the anywheres”, and a live rendition of Frances Murphy’s TV guide.
“This Is The Life” is available in all good bookshops now, or available online here https://linktr.ee/CiaranMurphy
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The hour Approaches. Crows disperse. Cattle head for higher ground. Years of talk rendered meaningless as the stage lights pop. Yes, it’s Murphs book launch day.
— Second Captains (@SecondCaptains) September 21, 2023