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READ Roddy Doyle's short story in support of marriage equality


Roddy Doyle

Roddy Doyle

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Roddy Doyle

Legendary Dublin writer Roddy Doyle is the latest celeb to come out in support of marriage equality - by posting a short story to Facebook, which has gone viral.

Doyle, author of books including the Barrytown Trilogy and PAddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha, posted a conversation between two characters in a pub to Facebook.

One character says he's voting 'yes' in the marriage referendum on account of his nephew being gay, although he adds, "he's an irritatin' little prick as well".

Check it out:

    -Which way are yeh votin’ in the gay thing?

    -The marriage equality referendum?



    -You’re votin’ Yes?



    -Me sister’s son – me nephew.

    -He’s gay, is he?


    -So you’re supportin’ him.

    -Have you become Joe fuckin’ Duffy or somethin’?

    -I’m just curious.

    -Then, no, I’m not supportin’ him.

    -But you’re votin’ Yes?

    -Look it, he’s a grand kid but he’s an irritatin’ little prick as well.

    -So – . I don’t get yeh.

    -I’m watchin’ the football, righ’. He always comes to the house when I’m watchin’ the football. An’ he sits beside me – grand. But then – say it’s Real Madrid. He’ll go, ‘Oh, I love Ronaldo’, or ‘Pass it to Ronaldo.’ So – like, last night, I lost it a bit and I said, ‘What’s so special about Ronaldo?’ An’ he says, ‘His pace, his accuracy, his leap, his ability with the dead ball, the way he can turn, his engine – the stats speak for themselves.’ Never mentioned his fuckin’ hair or his six-pack or whatever they’re callin’ muscles these days.

    -An’ that annoyed yeh?

    -Well, he fooled me. No – he made me think like a fool. An’ he’s always doin’ it – catchin’ me ou’. So, I thought to meself, ‘A few years o’ marriage will fix tha’ little fucker’s cough for him.’

    -That’s why you’re votin’ Yes? It can’t be - .

    -No. I’m just messin’. Look - fuck it, I love him. He’s a great kid an’ if he ever wants to get married, he should be able to. An’ me sister can have her big day as well.

    -An’ he obviously knows his football.

    -Oh, he does, yeah.

    -What’s he think of James Rodriguez?

    -Same as meself. Gorgeous an’ over-rated.

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