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Who turned St. Patrick’s Day into sodom and begorrah?

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Judge Geoffrey Browne pictured with members of An Garda Siochana from the Tuam District on his final appearance at the local court. Also pictured are court staff Patti Mulkerrin, Geraldine Courtney and Breda Byron along with Inspector Damien Flanagan, Superintendent Pat McHugh, Superintendent Marie Skehill.

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A little green used to suffice – a small sprig of shamrock pinned to your collar – before we decided that size was everything and St Patrick’s Day wasn’t the national holiday unless we were well and truly totally green from head to toe, inside and out.

Now the accoutrements for your Paddy’s Day parade are more of the comic book variety, the sort of clothes you wouldn’t clean the car with outside of March 17.

Like leprechaun hats – big floppy towers of green with turfs of iridescent orange from the sides to show you’re Irish in a ‘John Hinde postcard meets Disneyland’ kind of way. Also worn by Irish soccer fans standing in front of you at matches, singing Ole Ole which ensuring that you’d have a better view behind a steel stand pillar.

Or leprechaun beards – long shaggy lengths of carrot orange hanging from your face like you’ve accidently taken a large chunk out of a dodgy carpet and you’re now desperately trying to swallow it.

‘Kiss Mr I’m Irish’ tee-shirts – a tacky green tee-shirt designed to make you incredibly attractive to the opposite sex when, without it, the tide wouldn’t take you out.

Or green beer – you wouldn’t touch it at any other time of the year and even on March 17 it looks like something that something which someone else had already imbibed and decided it didn’t sit well with the digestive system.

And then tee-shirts that proclaim you’re a champion drinker of beer – because women just fall for that attribute in a prospective partner every single time.

Yes, when once we wore a little twist of shamrock and perhaps even a little green badge, now we’re greener than Eamon Ryan and John Gormley put together.

We certainly know how to mark the feast day of our patron saint – by drowning ourselves in a vat of green beer in his honour.

This year Mr Tayto is getting a green white and gold suit to replace his red one as part of a St Patrick’s Day promotion, while the Dublin parade is sponsored by Fyffes – a move entirely in keeping with the notion of a Banana Republic.

No doubt our newly empowered Taoiseach Enda Kenny will be dropping off at the White House with the traditional bowl of shamrock for President Obama – something Barak must have first mistaken for a crystal container of clover or weeds.

That said, his fellow Americans know how to embrace the spirit of the Oirish, by turning the Hudson green and parading all things Irish – except gay people obviously – up and down Seventh Avenue.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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You can’t force the craic at the Christmas Party

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There’s nothing like the Christmas Party to bring out the little devils who’ve spent their working lives blending in with the filing cabinet; one craft beer too many and they’re up on top of the photocopier scanning images of their tail end to send to the world.

The party animal is often the quiet one who spends the rest of the year in the corner, timidly stepping aside if you pass them in the corridor – but with a few bevvies on board, they’re Lemmy from Motorhead in the middle of a world tour.

Of course there are also some people who dread the Christmas party – or even after-work drinks, if that’s still a thing – and as their worst nightmare comes looming over the horizon, they might take some comfort from a recent court case in France.

Because an unnamed worker has just won the right to be utterly boring after a court ruled that he could not be dismissed, just because he didn’t want to join the rest of the staff in the pub.

Known simply as Mr T – an unfortunate choice of initial if you were a fan of the larger-than-life big guy in the A-Team back in the day – our friend was a senior advisor for a Parisian training firm called Cubik Partners.

One of those typically trendy modern operations, they work on a ‘fun and pro’ basis – which is presumably a variation on playing hard and working hard sometimes too – and part of that outlook involved regular social events ‘to bolster team spirit’.

But Mr T had no truck with the spirits – internal or alcoholic – and didn’t want to hang out with his colleagues for a minute longer than work demanded.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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How to win elections with the promises you can keep

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The man who was already the world’s oldest prime minister stood for election again last weekend at the tender age of 97 – arguing quite legitimately that he was fully fit for high office on the basis that he was ‘still standing and talking’.

Mahathir Mohamad was already a Guinness World Record holder for being the world’s oldest current prime minister since he became premier of Malaysia for a second time in 2018.

Proving that age is no impediment to ambition, he put himself forward again last weekend – only this time he fulfilled that age-old observation of Enoch Powell, that most unctuous of Tories from times past, who once said that all political lives end in failure…even if it’s a relative thing and you could hardly be said to have been cut down early, at the age of 97.

Adding insult to injury, not alone did he finish fourth of five candidates in Langkawi, a resort island in Malaysia’s northwest, which he had won with a large majority in the previous poll in 2018 – he also lost his deposit.

It wasn’t even an ageist thing; his entire party failed to win a single seat.

And for comfort in his hour of need, he can still look to Laos where the Prime Minister Khamtai Siphandone is still going strong at just short of 99 – although the fact that he is the chairman of the Lao People’s Revolutionary Party means you don’t have to actually come up with an election manifesto because, more specifically, you don’t have to stand for election.

But if you do – and accepting Mahathir Mohamad’s weekend disappointment – going before the electorate on a platform of boasting the ability to walk and talk is at least an honest one.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Getting locked away from all the rest can be no bad thing

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We all got used to a level of confinement during Covid, and if we were honest, occasionally, it was as much of a blessing than a curse; nobody calling unexpectedly to bother you, no journeys you’d prefer to avoid – even if ultimately we were happy to emerge from our pandemic hibernation.

But imagine if you were trapped for days in a pub during a storm – or in Disneyland during a snap lockdown.

Because for the very lucky few, that happened too.

Visitors to Shanghai’s Disney Resort recently found themselves barred from leaving until they produced a negative Covid test after a snap lockdown.

And we can all remember last November with envy, when customers who went to see an Oasis tribute band called Noasis found themselves trapped for days in a pub in the Yorkshire Dales as a result of heavy snowfall during Storm Arwen.

In both cases, quite honestly, it must have been like a dream come true.

The Disney Resort shut its doors all of a sudden after ten cases of coronavirus were discovered in Shanghai itself, with all visitors locked in the theme park until they were given the all-clear.

And while you’d think the reaction would be to kick back and literally enjoy the ride, online videos showed many of the visitors rushing to the gate trying to avoid being stuck in the park.

Perhaps the Chinese have had enough of snap lockdowns and feared they’d literally be on the swings and roundabouts for days on end – because a day earlier, workers at Foxconn, the biggest iPhone maker in Zhengzhou city, were videoed climbing over fences to avoid a similar snap lockdown.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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