Saturday 21 October 2017

Independent.ie meets the lad who asked the Internet for a pint

Mark McConville

Mark McConville

THE advert said, 'pint with anyone'. So I took up Shane Cahill’s offer to meet him at the Bleeding Horse, to see if he is worth buying a few pints for.

Fond of a drink or two myself and up for a bit of craic, it seemed like a win-win situation for me. And how right I was.

Shane’s fee is based on how he rates the night. If you’re a good laugh, he’s happy to break even and go home without making a penny.

I wondered how I would measure up to his standards.

And if a good looking girl was interested in meeting up for a few pints, would he charge her, I asked?

Shane said, “It doesn’t matter about looks, I need to get money out of this too.”  Spoken like a true businessman.

Shane has had a couple of dozen requests so far and is booked up until Christmas but is willing to meet up with anyone and age is no limit.

When asked which person he would opt to go boozing with if his choices were unlimited, he said, without a second’s thought, “The President Michael D Higgins.”

“I’d love to meet him over a few pints – hopefully this video doesn’t put him off”, he joked.

Telling me about a couple of his wild stories, he spoke of a house party after which he walked five miles to get home.

He said, “ On the way home, I said to myself, this is a brilliant story to tell my grand kids when I’m older”.

Then he offered to take me out on his rubber dingy and sail  down the Blackwater River to solve mysteries.

When asked how long he thinks he could go on making money off drinking with strangers he said: “ I’m going to try and make my money and get out of this game. Retire and buy an island off the west coast of Ireland”.

Sounds like a good plan to me.

All I can say is that, with a night out with Shane, you are guaranteed plenty of drinks, a few adventures and maybe some tales to tell the grandkids.

Till we meet again.

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