P J joins Miriam in studio for some lively chat. He recently got married in Las Vegas– after a number of injury delayed attempts. He had planned the wedding a number of times but had to postpone because of an ankle injury. He has a brand new TV series called Trojan Donkey starting on Channel Four this Friday.
Having known he was adopted from an early age, he was reminded of it again when he visited the Births & Marriages Office to obtain the birth certificate he needed for his wedding. But when the day came to finally meet his birth parents, PJ found that they were just regular people, much to his relief.
North County Dublin and Oldtown’s Wild Geese was formed in 1888 as an adult football team only until 2008 when adult and juvenile hurling teams where formed. The hurlers come from the village and 8 other neighbouring Gaelic football only clubs. The majority had never played before. They currently play at Junior F level and were arguably the worst team in Dublin if not Ireland for the first few seasons.
Oldtown’s Wild Geese play their final Championship group game again Ballinteer St John’s in Oldtown this Thursday at 7:30pm.
The junior hurling team have been picked by the John Murray show as one of its two ‘Underdogs’ for 2013. They are the first ever Dublin hurling and GAA club to be selected.
Miriam talks to Aidan Lenehan, co-manager of the team since it was formed in 2008, and author of the book on the team.
Asta Philpot was born with a physical disability which greatly limits movement of his limbs. He’s based in Leeds. He’s a singer and will be performing with the great accordionist Liam O’Conner in Killarney later this month.
Asta was born with a condition known as Arthrogryposis which means joint contractures that develop before birth and are evident at birth. Limitation of joint motion before birth leads to joint contractures. In short, it limits the movement in his arms and legs, and he is bound to an electric wheelchair.
He was in an Irish bar in the Costa Brava in 2006, when the Irish pub owner suggested he visit a ‘night club’ – a legal brothel down the road. He lost his virginity and had a great time. “But the most important thing was the human contact.
“The prostitute I saw worked a lot with people with physical disabilities and was able to connect with me on that level. After that point I felt like I’d been through a passage of rite, and was now a man”.
He believes in legalised prostitution, a view that many across society will not share, but that appears to have currency within the "disabled community". Asta says: “Every human being has the right to intimacy with another human being. Intimacy is a therapy. The reassurance of something as simple as a hug can be a profoundly alien thing to someone with a physical disability."
He decided to revisit the brothel with two other young men affected with different medical conditions (one legally blind and the other paralysed in a motorcycle accident). Both were virgins.
The BBC filmed his trip, and it opened debate about legalizing prostitution in the UK. The documentary opened some controversies about the opportunity to legalize prostitution in UK, as a means of giving sexual experiences to physically challenged people, who often lack enough social opportunities to build a love relationship despite having a normal social potentiality and normal feelings and sexual needs.
You can see the film inspired by Asta’s story in Cork’s Triskle Arts Centre from Sunday 30 June to Wednesday 3 July. The film’s called ‘Come As You Are’ with a special Q&A with Asta after the screening on June 30th. See triskelartscentre.ie for more.