Tuesday 17 September 2019

'I love getting out my Irish and showing off' - Al Porter's Arranmore


Comedian Al Porter. Photo: David Conachy
Comedian Al Porter. Photo: David Conachy

Sarah Caden

My ideal weekend is about chilling with my boyfriend, so we'd go to Arranmore Island, off Donegal. I went to the Gaeltacht there for six years when I was a teenager. I've fabulous memories of staying with Mary Sammy, and it's a peaceful ocean-air place, with the warmth of nostalgia for me.

You get the boat over, and we'd set ourselves up in one of the holiday cottages first, light the fire, and make a cup of tea. Then dinner, and up to Early's Bar, where they often have performers. Ideally, it would be Daniel O'Donnell or Nathan Carter.

I love getting out my Irish and showing off. That would be part of the enjoyment for me.

Friday night on Arranmore goes into Saturday morning. After Early's, you'd do a mini pub crawl. And then Smugglers Nite Club - it's the size of your nana's front room. And then, if times haven't changed, it would be down to the beach with the young crowd for a bonfire and a sing-song with the sun coming up.

Even if it was winter, I'd have a dip on the Saturday. Then we'd go down to the pier for chips and play a bit of pool. That night, I might do stand-up in the ceili hall as gaeilge.

On Sunday, I'd go to Mass. I don't go normally, but I do when I'm on Arranmore, where I went as a kid. I like the church, right on the sea, and the bit of occasion to it. Then, a fry, and amusements on the mainland before driving home.

Al Porter takes to the Olympia Theatre stage as the panto dame in 'Polly and The Beanstalk'. For tickets, see ticketmaster.ie. Al is currently hosting 'Blind Date', 9pm, Sundays, TV3

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