Bradley Bytes – A sort of political column by Dara Bradley
Mary Hoade, the Galway County Councillor, has been a member of the HSE West Regional Health Forum for donkey’s years. She even goes back to a time when the local hospitals were run by health boards, and not the HSE. Mary is quite a vocal member of the forum, and raises many important issues of concern to her constituents, and to Galway people in general. That means she speaks quite often at meetings, which is causing great difficulty for the current chairman of the forum.
Poor Tom McNamara, a councillor from Clare, cannot grasp how to pronounce Mary’s surname. Tom has a strong rural Clare accent; and finds the pronunciation of Hoade, his Fianna Fáil colleague, next to impossible. We’re not saying he needs elocution lessons but, you know the way some people add an ‘R’ to Chicago and instead call it “Chi-Cargo”. Well, unfortunately, Tom does the same to Mary and keeps referring to Cllr Hoade as “Councillor Hoarde”, adding a not-so-silent ‘R’, which sounds an awful lot like “Councillor whore-d”.
Tricky questions for anonymous mayor
At a recent table quiz in the Galway County Club, one of the questions asked of the 13 or 14 tables of four who were present on the night was: Who is the current mayor of Galway City?We are reliably informed by our spies that not one of the 52-56 participants answered correctly. For the record, it’s Noel Larkin.
Meanwhile, at another table quiz in Monroe’s on Thursday, one set of participants answered “Prick Street”, when asked to name the Dublin street that is home Dáil Éireann. It is of course Kildare Street but the quizmaster gave them a bonus point, just because.
For more, read this week’s Galway City Tribune.