Monday 11 December 2017

Kerry is the Kingdom (of God, apparently)

• Faithful to the principle that some things in life are too important to be taken seriously, I should like to raise the implications, for the current deliberations of the cardinals in Rome, of John B Keane's well-argued theological claim that the Holy Ghost is a Kerryman.

John built up his conviction through his experience of the Kerry character in his pub in Listowel. I met him years ago and left his company convinced that he was theologically sound in mind and body.

I have heard Keane's views blasphemously ridiculed in Cork. One cynical sage suggested that the difference between God and the average Kerryman is that God knows everything, and a Kerry man knows everything but how to wield a hurley stick.

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