Sunday 22 October 2017

Ready to make merry at Paidi's Kerry bash

THE great Kerry godhead Paidi O Se is unveiling the details of his annual Dingle Peninsula GAA weekend in the Burlington Hotel at 6.30pm on February 15. Paidi believes in the old-fashioned Fianna Fail values of loylity, which explains why Brian Cowen is launching it on the night. The Haughey family will be there to support Paidi. Lest we forget, Paidi's pub in Ventry was opened in 1985 by the late Charlie Haughey.

"Mrs Haughey and Eimear Haughey and brother Conor Haughey will be at the Burlington, as well as my friend Bertie Ahern and a good lashing of government ministers," Paidi told me (see what I mean about loylity?). Needless to mention, Paidi's house band, Seamus Begley and his family, will be providing the music, though Paidi told me the sweetest music to his ears was hearing that an election has been announced.

"I'm delighted," he told me. "I'm also delighted that Enda Kenny was man enough to stand up and say that Brian Cowen was a decent man. I felt extremely disappointed for Brian as someone who has known him personally for a long, long time and has always admired him and the Trojan work he has done for this country. Unfortunately, he was in the wrong place at the wrong time for political reasons."

On March 4, 5 and 6, Paidi and a host of stars from GAA and the fields of culture, entertainment and politics will be on the Dingle Peninsula for Paidi's GAA weekend.

Paidi is promising to sing An Poc ar Buile in his pub and provide "lashings of spare ribs and the best of fish and wine. There'll be plenty of everything. Food! Drink!"

So Brian Cowen must be going then.

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