Thursday 30 March 2017

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

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
Billy Keane

Billy Keane

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.

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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