Monday, 2 November 2009


Many GAA match goers will be familiar with the man with the John3:7 sign. The man in question often referred to as ‘John’ is in fact one Frank Hogan who for the past 25 years has been witnessing to his faith by displaying the text reference on a bright yellow board of Jesus statement in the gospel of John, ‘You must be born again’.

As it happens Frank is a friend of mine and I have known him over all those years, now in his seventies he continues undaunted and has become a regular fixture at Croke Park on All Ireland day not to mention the countless other games he attends in the course of a season.TG 4 spent some time with Frank as he prepared to go to the Munster final and have produced a 30 minute documentary shown last night and to be repeated tomorrow evening (Tuesday)at 8pm in the Cogar series.

The documentary concentrates on the man behind the public persona and also allows Frank to testify to his life changing experience of being ‘born again’, and his passion to share the good news, which motivates his ongoing excursions to sporting events with the distinctive sign. If you missed the broadcast last night tune in to TG 4 at 8pm tomorrow evening and discover the man behind the board !
Gerard O'Shea


Tony said...

Great article Ger, I was fortunate enough to catch the show and enjoyed it immensely. Realizing that some of the greatest witnesses for the gospel are to be found practically on our doorstep.

Brian Mc said...

I know that guy I have seen on the telly. Always wondered what that was all about. What is all about?

Dew of Hermon said...

Hi Brian,
Tune in to TG 4 at 8 this evening to find out.

Julian said...

Just watched the tg4 programme,a lovely tribute to a gentle man, How refreshing that in our day and age someome believes in something to the extent of wanting to pass it on to as many people as possible.Such a change to see some good news against the dark landscape of our economic and social problems.

Matthias said...

Thanks for this reminder - I watched that program and was glad to see that it was quite objective and a good testimony on Frank. He is one character, we had him in our house twice after church, before he went on to go the the match here in Ennis. And he speaks fluent German, too! Hope to see him soon again.

Antoin said...

Thanks for letting me know about the programme. After watching I was reminded of a verse in Matthews Gospel where Jesus said,
"Therefore everyone who confesses Me before men, I will also confess him before My Father who is in heaven. Mat 10:32
May Frank be blessed with good health and many more years of good matches.