Monday 20 February 2017

Not only did he want to marry my mother, but he wanted to take the pub as his dowry

Published 12/05/2014 | 02:30

Billy Keane and his mother Mary ouside The John B Keane Bar in Listowel. Domnick Walsh/Eye Focus
Billy Keane and his mother Mary ouside The John B Keane Bar in Listowel. Domnick Walsh/Eye Focus

The old boy stood in front of our pub and pointed up at the mounted lettering. "My name will be up there soon." he said. The man was a suitor for the mother and he had no chance of success. I'll go further. He had no chance whatsover.

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Not only did he want to marry the mother but he wanted to take my pub as well as part of his due dowry. "Look," I said to him, "you can marry the mother but you'll have to sign a pre-nup."

He had a better chance of prising the queen away from Prince Philip. I was very much aware that customers are a valued commodity in the pub business right now but I couldn't help myself.

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