No Rose of Tralee this year. But just the mention of it brings back so many memories!

No Rose of Tralee. What a pity that is. It will be missed, of course, by businesses in the town for whom it is a great opportunity to make a few bob as thousands of visitors pile into the town. It will be missed by those thousands of visitors. It will be missed by those … Continue reading No Rose of Tralee this year. But just the mention of it brings back so many memories!

Pope John Paul II, the temporary toilet in the Phoenix Park, me and Gerry Ryan (the Louser*.)

It was around the time of the 30th anniversary Pope John Paul’s visit to Ireland in 1979 that I bumped into  Gerry Ryan. He said he was doing something on his show about the visit and asked me if I had any memories of it. So I told him about what happened just before the … Continue reading Pope John Paul II, the temporary toilet in the Phoenix Park, me and Gerry Ryan (the Louser*.)

The Trump Test: Can you figure out which of these quotes is made up?

I’m not sure  whether he never fails to surprise or whether he’s actually as predicable as the days of the week. Anyway, here are 21 Donald Trump quotes. Can you figure out which one of them is the fake?   GLOBAL WARMING: “It’s really cold outside, they are calling it a major freeze, weeks ahead … Continue reading The Trump Test: Can you figure out which of these quotes is made up?

These Covid-19 restrictions don’t apply to everyone: the stupid are exempt.

Some people, we are told, are getting restless with the restrictions imposed on us all because of Covid-19. There was I hoping that the stupidity around this virus was confined to the United States. But no. We have it too. You can see it every day – the people who think the rules don’t apply … Continue reading These Covid-19 restrictions don’t apply to everyone: the stupid are exempt.

EXCLUSIVE! Donald Trump reveals he has figured out the cure for EVERYTHING

People are amazed at how clever I am. No really. They are. They say things like – “I can’t believe you just said that” meaning they think I’m clever. And I am. Very clever. I know science. Wasn’t it Albert Epstein who figured out that complicated mathematical formula – 2 = 1+1? I knew that. … Continue reading EXCLUSIVE! Donald Trump reveals he has figured out the cure for EVERYTHING

Why doesn’t RTE have the REAL experts on, eh? It’s a conspiracy, that’s why.

(Just in case you didn’t see this on Twitter or on Facebook) It’s ridiculous. RTE has the same people on over and over. Leo Varadkar. Simon Harris. Tony Holohan. Sam McConkey. Luke O’Neill et al. Well, it’s about time they looked elsewhere. There ARE other experts out there. For example: Anto from Coolock who KNOWS … Continue reading Why doesn’t RTE have the REAL experts on, eh? It’s a conspiracy, that’s why.

I’m told the sound you can hear is Robert Frost spinning in his grave…

(There are four verses in Robert Frost’s original. Only right I have four too…) THE PUB NOT OPEN Which pub I liked I think you know The virus ruled it out and so I cannot sup at pints of stout  You can order on the web you know I think of rules I’d like to … Continue reading I’m told the sound you can hear is Robert Frost spinning in his grave…

Locked away, doing a little bit of writing and an awful lot of reading. Here’s my top 25 books ever!

I’m not going to say much here. This is – today – a list of my top 25 books ever. Puckoon by Spike Milligan 2. Oh! The Places You’ll Go by Dr Seuss 3. Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriela Garcia Marquez 4. The Choir Boys by Joseph Wambaugh 5. Three Men in a Boat by Jerome K Jerome 6. The … Continue reading Locked away, doing a little bit of writing and an awful lot of reading. Here’s my top 25 books ever!

Decision time for our Summer holidays – if we’re actually allowed to have them

We are still inside looking out. Maybe, just maybe, we’ll get away in the summer. Not allowed fly – which is no bad thing when you look at the choices available on this beautiful island of ours. So where will we go? Truth is, I’d go just about anywhere in Ireland for a holiday. I … Continue reading Decision time for our Summer holidays – if we’re actually allowed to have them

Once only, 26 years ago in a New York bar, but it was one of the best gigs I was ever at

This is self indulgent! I bet there isn’t a single person in Ireland who remembers, let alone was ever in, Dan Lynch’s Bar in New York. I discovered it one day in 1994 when I was in New York for the World Cup. I was having a pint with some of the other Irish hacks … Continue reading Once only, 26 years ago in a New York bar, but it was one of the best gigs I was ever at