A Word From The Old Boy


The Old Boy‘s comment avatar, Alec Guinness as George Smiley in ‘Smiley’s People’

This afternoon.

Veteran Broadsheet commenter The Old Boy writes:

‘There is little left to say beyond what others have put better than I ever could, but then it was ever thus. I admit that I was surprised by the jolt of emotion I felt when I learned that Broadsheet would soon cease to be. It has been some time since I made regular contributions to the comment sections of this parish but I have kept a regular, if occasionally weary, eye on proceedings.

‘To all the other denizens I have had exchanges with over the past decade or so, farewell. I hold fond memories of so many, although I have never to my knowledge met any of you. I have conjured in my mind’s eye so many lives being well-lived, merely through what I can glean from a few lines of commentary. It is a sobering thought that once the link of Broadsheet has been severed, I shall hear of you no more.

‘To Bodger and former colleagues, comrades and contributors, I extend my thanks and gratitude. For many years and precious little thanks, you ran a site that was for me nothing less than essential reading. How distant are those lazy, hazy days the days when “century” threads were most usually provoked by the tricky topic of cycling, or referenda that have since passed once-monumental provisions into and out of the Constitution? Nuggets of seriously thorough investigative journalism sat jovially alongside things that look like Ireland. I enjoyed every minute of it, even if I often kept my head below the parapet.

Farewell to you all.’

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53 thoughts on “A Word From The Old Boy

  1. Broadbag

    Farewell Old Boy, an oracle of knowledge and measured commentary amongst the madness.

  2. Cian

    Jeez, it’s like an episode from “This is your life” as all our old friends come back for one last hurrah!

    Farewell Old boy!

    1. Janet, dreams of an alternate universe

      I know
      I’d love to say goodbye to Brother Barnabas, Spaghetti Hoops, Bertie and Yourpointiswhatexactly, Iornballsmginty those lot were comic gold. (and Brother B was sexy I just know it).

  3. Slightly Bemused

    Is it bad that I read that in Alec Guinness’ voice?

    Fare thee well, Old Boy. Who knows where we shall meet again.

  4. scottser

    Old Boy, you were a touch of class and it’s telling that the tone dropped considerably when you chose to ease up on your contributions.
    Farewell old chum.

    1. benblack

      No way – I’m not letting that pass.

      Scottser, really?

      Is ‘Ask me bollocks’ your idea of class?

      1. Janet, dreams of an alternate universe

        I’m enjoy the swearing as the sun goes down.. tits tits tits

      2. scottser

        Out of all my filthy, ignorant and facetious comments, that’s the one you chose to be offended by?

        1. benblack


          What I will not let pass is you pretending to have taken the high road when, in fact, you have taken the lowest of the low roads.

          May the road rise with you.

          1. scottser

            You just got offended because you got your snout slapped and others laughed at you.
            Not that any of it matters now.
            Take it easy.

  5. E'Matty

    Well said Old Boy. I have lessened my presence here of late due to the bile and vitriol anyone deviating from the mainstream media globalist narrative is met with. Honest debate went out the window long ago, but I’d like to bid farewell to many of the great contributors who stood tall these past two years and called BS on the garbage the Irish people were being fed in EVERY other media outlet. F_Lawless and K. Cavan have been great. Others have also being unafraid to challenge the group think of the mindless herd. Particular mention to SOQ who through his outstanding bravery and relentless challenges to the nonsense is now their poster boy figure of hate. Keep being you and to hell with these begrudgers and snide fans of globalist technocracy.

    Nick has been a brilliant contributor who has stood by his principles and beliefs even, and perhaps especially, when it was unpopular and when it counted. Lastly, John, Bodger, the driving force behind this site for over a decade. You’ve been a beacon of honesty and brave journalism in a time when NOT ONE journalist in this country stood up and challenged the ridiculous, mindless, but traditionally Irish craven devotion to voices of authority. You guys spoke out and provided a platform where our voices could be heard and fellow travellers could be met when all other media shut down and silenced dissent.

    I wish everyone, even the utterly brainwashed clowns like Daisy, Sara and Nigel (who I sort of have a soft spot for despite his blind devotion to all things mainstream), all the best for the future. As I have said numerous times on here. We are living through a decade of transformation, the greatest Mankind has ever likely experienced. There are those who live in denial, but they too will have to face the coming challenges. Good luck to everyone for the future and just remember, no matter how much we may quarrel amongst ourselves, let’s not lose our humanity. As the pricks say, “We’re all in this together”, some just haven’t realised it yet.

    Adios Amigos and good luck to you all!

  6. Sara

    Ok – work over, no more BS next week. Thanks for everything! Take it easy! Cheque in the post.

  7. NM

    In all seriousness.Broadsheet’s disappearance will mean alot of people who never thought to comment elsewhere will become virtual refugee’s searching for a site of similar scale and similar community.Where to now brothers and sisters?

  8. mills

    A true gentleman of the ‘sheet, you are, Old Boy.

    A lovely send off, written with your usual wit and panache. All the best to you, my friend.

    1. benblack

      Ah. Millie, I know you haven’t posted here for a while, however, back in the day, we used to have a bit of craic.

      Covid has destroyed everything – well done TPTB.

      1. mills

        A fine sparring partner, ben. I enjoyed our exchanges. You’ve a strange sort of wit (and I mean that as a compliment of the highest order) which I always appreciated.

  9. Clampers Outside

    A lovely piece Old Boy, and as Millie said, and I’ll add, a true gentleman who lived up to his name and avatar very well.

    Fair well good Sir :)

  10. Zuppy Returns

    So long BS.

    When you started you were fun and quirky.

    Then you went woke and cancelled the originals.

    Then you redeemed yourselves with the unpopular facts.

    Then the woke-sters cancelled you.

    It’s was emotional.

    And now it’s over.

    For now.


  11. S. Lynch

    After ten years at least of lurking at the threshold, it is saddening to finally venture in in such circumstances. Broadsheet has always put the alternate view out there. I have spent time, sometimes too much time chasing links that always left me more informed and sometimes infuriated. That’s a learning process as well. For the past two years Broadsheet has been one of the few places that did not succumb to The Science. It gave me a chance to see that I wasn’t the only sceptic.
    It is nice to see so many of the contributors finally, I’m afraid that I am guilty of misgendering some through the years, for which I apologise. I wish everyone, staff, contributors and commenters all the best for the future. Perhaps there will be a resurrection in some form at some stage, as a good home is really hard to find.

      1. Cú Chulainn

        Ah, for fecks sake lads.. this long goodbye is becoming unbearable.. there’s going to be a group of keeners up next at this rate..

    1. Triona Ryan

      S Lynch, that’s a lovely comment in general but especially at the end. A good home is indeed hard to find.

  12. Triona Ryan

    Another moving testimony and subsequent comments…a window into a world made possible by John Ryan. Yes I’m gloating

  13. Niallo

    Eloquently put old boy.
    Will truly miss this site, a sort of journalistic “green room” where you could stretch your mental legs beyond the boundaries of the mainstream.
    A sort of gentle(person)mens club of sorts.
    Will especially miss your comments and rebuttals especially to some of my “notions” place just wont be the same.
    In fact, place wont be there at all!
    Surely we could get bs costs crowdsourced?
    (Granted, i would need to find a teenager to show me how to do that.)
    Farewell bs and the old boy.
    I dearly hope this isnt the end and some life can be breathed into this platform.

  14. Spaghetti Hoop

    Well said, Old Boy/ Buoy. You were always like a senior, reliable floating guide in a sea of madness.

    1. Janet, dreams of an alternate universe

      Spaghetti ! ah I’m glad you popped in, hope life is being good to you.

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