Monday 19 March 2018

Bertie Ahern: I want to remember PJ the way he was: brilliant

Few have the capacity to deal with the number one in politics or business, my friend PJ Mara did both, writes Bertie Ahern

NO ‘YES’ MAN: PJ Mara. Photo: Tom Burke
NO ‘YES’ MAN: PJ Mara. Photo: Tom Burke
Bertie Ahern

Bertie Ahern

PJ was a great friend, a great colleague and a great Drumcondra man. I knew him for 45 years.

Maybe it's because I had worked with him so much, I wasn't in and out to the hospital. I wanted to remember him the way he was. I was only at his sister's funeral mass last week and his son, John, said to me "look, go up to him". But I couldn't.

The last long conversation I had with PJ was in the Skylon Hotel in Drumcondra. We just sat there for ages drinking tea and talking about times past, times present, and the times that were yet to come. His health wasn't great but we had a long and detailed discussion and it was as much fun as it ever was.

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