I have a friend who went off the rails when he was in his twenties. He was fond of the drink. It was the custom that time for men who needed money for booze to do drug trials for a sum of money and two pint bottles of Guinness.
I don't think I could stick a parrot, especially if he or she was an African grey. We don't get on. Can you imagine how tough it would be to be living with someone who keeps on saying the same things over and over again?
It's the stories you miss most of all. And the brains. Pagans are praying and it's the longest some of us have been off the drink since our confirmation. Generally speaking I only repeat myself when I burp but here's one I've been dining out on for years..
There are winners and there are losers. The paint factories are cleaning up. You talk to your friends and ask: "How do you pass the day?" Nearly every one of them has the same answer.
One of the lads coughed into his elbow. I stepped back from the laptop. There was a movie on the television lately and these mutants came out through the screen and did horrible things to people in their own living room.
We closed up John B's on Saturday night last. Our pub has been shut down now for a week. Mam and Dad bought the place 65 years ago and the longest we have ever been closed in all that time was when they died. And that was only for a couple of days.
There was a race to the donkeys straight after the Sunday dinner in Dirha. Kevin Brouder, who has ridden 40 winners this year over jumps, was a flyer. Kevin and his brother Gearóid were neck-and-neck as they raced out of their Nana's house.
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