Thursday 23 November 2017

A Christmas visit to my sweet Cork on the Lee

Cork city
Cork city
Eoghan Harris

Eoghan Harris

Last week I spent two days in my native city of Cork, which I left when I was 20. I stayed at the Imperial Hotel like a tourist, acting as my own guide to some landmarks of my youth. As compensation for the mushy bits that follow you will learn that I have solved the mystery of why Roy Keane is the way he is, and my original theory about the origin of the Cork slang term "langer".

We took the train. The noise of the non-stop announcements made normal conversation nearly impossible. But in between, Gwen approvingly read out bits of an interview with Roy Keane.

A dog lover herself, Gwen claims his passion for canines makes up for Saipan. As I have not quite accepted his half-apology I drew her attention to Roy's refreshingly bracing view of the basics of a good marriage. "Having a dog in your house makes it a home."

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