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Happy Julething

24 Dec

Tomorrow sees me and H10 heading off to Ireland for the Christmas.

The last time such a thing was attempted was five years ago, when after two days in Kerry the lad came down with a very bad stomach bug and had to be transported to the hospital in Tralee where he lay with a drip in his arm for four days.

Irish hospitals, between the 24th and 28th of December, are not very jolly places, I don’t think I need to add.

And then, just to make it all a bit more cheery, the big Tsunami happened and the deaths of 300,000 people was the only thing to watch on TV.

And the only person to talk to was the chain-smoking 35-year-old grandmother from Limerick, with the intellectual level of a bowl of sprouts, whose asthmatic son lay in the next bed.

That was, without any competition, the worst Christmas ever. But I suspect that this one may be better. The whole Irish family are there, and the TV as usual will be brilliant, and the crisps and Baileys will flow like, um, some strange creamy sludge.

And I can immerse myself in books, and write as much as I want, and watch every trashy movie ever made, and stay up until 2 am with my unexpectedly night-owl parents, getting tipsy and talking about cats, EU grants and the neighbours.

And what do I want for Christmas? Actually just that will do fine, thanks. With just a bit more Baileys.

There are no Internets available in my parents’ house, so you’ll hear from me again in a week or so. And please, for me, have a very good one indeed.

/ paddy

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7 Comments

Posted by on December 24, 2009 in Ireland, Life

 

7 responses to “Happy Julething

  1. Sean Mulroy

    December 24, 2009 at 1:15 am

    Enjoy. Now that Uncle Conoe is back in radio contact we must organise an event, with kids, and no Peter!!!!!

     
  2. Sean Mulroy

    December 24, 2009 at 1:16 am

    Conor…. natch.

     
  3. earthpal

    December 24, 2009 at 9:04 pm

    Sounds like a great Christmas plan Paddy. Merriest wishes. Hope you have a safe journey.

     
    • paddyK

      December 27, 2009 at 5:35 pm

      And you too, my loyal reader!

       
  4. Annaa Mattsson

    December 26, 2009 at 4:45 am

    Hope you have a good time. -9 in west Kerry last night. Don´t understand all this fuss about Baileys. Got a box of Bailey filled triffles for Christmas, nice, indeed, but compared to körsbär i likör actually quite pale.

     
    • paddyK

      December 27, 2009 at 5:36 pm

      Are you in that neighborhood too? Well it may be cold but at least there is some sun occasionally. Maybe bump into you in Avalon house!

       
  5. Anonymous

    January 2, 2010 at 11:44 pm

    I went to Dublin for Christmas with my girlfriend Liza and we had a marvellous time. First time in Ireland for both of us and we savoured the spectacular landscapes and the picturesque architecture. And we were both amazed at how unusually nice and friendly the Irish are, extending their help and conversation far beyond the point of mere ordinary politeness.

    Albeit a bit late…

    Nollaig Shona Duit and Athbhliain Faoi Mhaise Duit!

    Drive a hard,
    Bellis

     

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