LEINSTER RUGBY have apologised to season-ticket holders and offered a full refund. Many fans of the 12-County Army are distraught after their Champions Cup hopes were smashed by two defeats in two games. Even the return of injury-prone Johnny Sexton from France couldn’t help the Blues.
A Leinster spokesman said: “It’s only fair that we don’t expect our loyal fans, most of whom have been supporting the goys since 2009, to pay to watch this stuff. They deserve an opportunity to switch allegiance to soccer – a winning team – now that Ireland have qualified for the Euros. We’ll take them back for the start of next season, just after the Boys in Green have crashed out of the France tournament.”
THE GAA has been praised after successfully passing the baton of wanton violence from International Rules football to Super 11s hurling. The compromise game seemed to be on its deathbed after both Ireland and Australia decided to play in a sporting manner, focus on catching and kicking skills and not batter each other. Many fans were turned off at the prospect of a fair but tough game.
But less than 24 hours later, the GAA’s latest made-up sport, the 11-a-side clash between Galway and Dublin in Fenway Park, Boston, drew praise for the 22-man dust-up which got the 28,000-strong crowd going. “Let’s be honest,” said one Yank, “this was never going to take off without a schmozzle. The only thing that was lacking was the music during the fight – like they do in the ice hockey.” The association are also said to be pleased with the level of violence in the country’s club finals but have asked those taking videos to film in landscape and not portrait mode.
KEANO’S GUIDE TO FRANCE 2016
Look, it’s France. The lads don’t fancy it. Never have. A real lack of desire among the French. Poor defensively. Maginot Line. Lacking in the basic areas of the game. Forget France. Head to Germany and watch the games from there.
2. THE FOOD
I don’t rate it as a cuisine, I don’t rate it for its nutritional value, I don’t rate it for its taste. You can stick it up your bollocks. The only reason I have any dealings with it is that for some reason they’re hosting the Euros there!
3. THE ISIS TERROR THREAT
There’s a lack of characters in modern war. There’s no leader out there to take the conflict by the scruff of the neck and carry his army over the line. The prawn sandwich brigade are sitting back in drone command launching a few missiles, but what you need to do is get down to their level and give those lads in Isis a fierce glare and a bit of the bulging vein treatment. They’re an absolute disgrace, but that’s modern warfare isn’t it? They’re all doing it.
PARIS CLIMATE CHANGE CONFERENCE
PARIS CLIMATE CHANGE CONFERENCE AGENDA
- Wave hands about
- Blame Russia
- Shout at China
- Something about polar bears
- Don’t mention the aviation industry
- Have a go at India
- Promise to reduce something or other by 2040
- Is that the time already?
- Menu please
- I’ll have the rare rhinoceros tongue before it get extinct, cheers
FEARS GROW OF ANOTHER ‘INTEL’
Security forces say Ireland is under a growing threat of more bomb hoaxes as more and more people find jobs they don’t like. “The Intel incident was just the tip of the iceberg”, says one senior security expert. “There is massive discontent out there, especially with early starters. We’re seeing dozens of young men cancelling taxis and deliberately missing buses every day. All the signs point to another Intel at any time.”
Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin says government policies are to blame for the threat. “This is what happens when you create tens of thousands of jobs that nobody likes”, says the former health minister. “Fianna Fáil could never stand accused of such insensitivity.” Labour leader Joan Burton however has denied that her party played any part in creating jobs, “except for a bit of hole-digging by ourselves.”
No new Donald Trump gaffe shock
by Our Political Staff Henry McGoo
The American political scene was rocked today following a 24-hour period during which Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump did not insult any minorities on television. Throughout that time, there were no reports of Mr Trump mocking disabled journalists or making racist remarks about Mexican immigrants being drug-crazed criminals and rapists.
“I know it was wrong and I know it was a mistake – but I just couldn’t help myself,” the outspoken billionaire told reporters. “But I can assure my faithful god-fearing supporters that I have learned my lesson. Indeed, when I address them in Vulture Gulch, Nebraska, tomorrow night, I will be calling for the mass extermination of all non-white Muslim terrorists on the planet.”
Meanwhile, Mr Trump’s wife told reporters that she was saddened and disappointed by her husband’s latest behaviour. “It’s completely out of character for Donald not to be controversial – but that’s what attracted me to him in the first place and I will be standing by the wealthy lunatic.”
Farmers linked to animal cruelty shock!
Farmers outside IFA HQ last night
Animal welfare officials have called for stiffer penalties for animal cruelty after two farmers were reportedly seen riding on a pig’s back for several years. Sources have named the men as Eddie Downey and Pat Smith, and say they “travelled the country” on the animal’s back. Both are described as being “heavyweights” in their fields.
Said one upset farmer collecting his CAP cheque yesterday, “It brings tears to my eyes when I think of it. The rest of us were just left trotting after them.” The scandal comes amidst growing international concern over Ireland’s performance on animal welfare. Earlier this year, Social Democrat TD Catherine Murphy was criticised for throwing a cat amongst pigeons and simultaneously disturbing a hornets’ nest, while broadcaster Ray D’Arcy has had his ass kicked several times. Wild gooses chases are also very common, especially amongst the Gardaí.
Government concerned by homeless problem
THE GOVERNMENT has appealed for Dublin’s homeless community to bed down a little further from the Dail this Christmas. Last year there was public outrage when a man sleeping rough died just yards from the centre of Ireland’s parliament, an incident which forced Taoiseach Enda Kenny to take to the streets to meet homeless people.
“We’d ask these people to consider the poor politicians at this time of year,” said a Fine Gael spokesman. “It’s easy to forget that these poor creatures have an election coming up in the springtime and anybody kicking the bucket within a 500-yard radius of Leinster House reflects very poorly on them and affects their chances of re-election. Please, consider them just for a moment and move down the road, even a few yards can make all the difference.”
IS THE POPE CATHOLIC?
The Pope’s new modernised look
POPE FRANCIS has been hailed by Church moderates after handing out free condoms at a huge Mass celebration in Kenya. Before his first trip to Africa, God’s main man on earth told journalists he would offer “spiritual and material” support to Kenya, Uganda and the war-torn Central African Republic.
Little did the faithful know that by “material” he meant contraceptives that would actually improve the conditions of the desperately poor in the struggling countries. “Fair fucks to him,” said one happy-go-luck African bishop, a father of four illegitimate children with his housekeeper, who didn’t want to be named. “We didn’t see that coming. After saying that gays weren’t that bad, and women might have a place in the Church and people who had abortions wouldn’t necessarily be damned to hell forever, this is another surprise. It does raise the question, however, is the Pope a Catholic?”
PHOTO-OP OF THE WEEK
Attention seeking exhibitionist (centre) appears in St. Stephen’s Green
Banking Inquiry latest
By Our Financial Staff Phil Pockets
Members of the Banking Inquiry yesterday agreed a plan for publishing the panel’s report sometime before 2070. A special finalisation team has been appointed and is already in the process of reducing its initial 750-page report.
“We have it down to about 500 words,” said one member of the inquiry. “Make no mistake, this is going to be a no-holds barred account of how nobody at all is to blame for the unfortunate events that happened in the past.”
That 3-Page Report (in full)
• The Banking Inquiry shambles must never happen again.
• Something must be done.
• The Government should set up an Oireachtas committee to examine the terrible waste of public money.
• The new inquiry will publish a 750-page report in due course.
• That’s it.
Delaney offers to do IFA job
John Delaney has confirmed that he has offered to take on the role of general secretary of the IFA. It is understood that he phoned in his offer at 4 o’clock in the morning on Thursday of last week, while an emergency meeting of the IFA was concluding its marathon session.
“Yes, it’s true,” confirmed Delaney. “We had just finished up our regular mid-week sing-song when my girfriend Emma suggested that I go for it. ’It’s very similar to your current job,’ she said. ‘At least the letters in the names of the organisations are exactly the same. And you would still be dealing with a bunch of animals on a daily basis.’
“So I thought long and hard about it and I said, ‘You know, she’s right. The letters are the same’. And another half-mill a year would certainly come in useful.”
However, seasoned farming observers expressed doubts as to whether one person can do both jobs at the same time. “It’s hard to know,” said one, “But certainly, the Irish team’s style of play can be quite agricultural.”
That IFA menu
with Crispy Fried Oodles of Cash
(Soaked until nicely rich)
Huge amounts of bread
Egg on Face
Rich pickings (on pig’s back)
Belly up of Pork
Served on a bed of own making
Plenty of gravy
Simmering in a large pension pot
NEW SHAM MARRIAGE CRACKDOWN
GARDAI HAVE made a number of arrests in Dublin as part of a crackdown on sham marriages. Over 12 Fine Gael and Labour TDs were taken into custody last week accused of entering into a fake relationship with each other in order to stay in charge of the country.
Suspicions arose when members of both parties failed to come up with the same answer in a police interrogation version of the game Mr and Mrs. “We separated the couples and asked them the same questions,” said one detective. “Foreign policy, HSE crisis, homeless situation, bedroom habits, favourite foods and TV shows – they couldn’t match up anything. One couple – Joan and Leo – seemed to hate the sight of each other and had nothing in common. It was a total sham. We will look to deport them as soon as possible.”
FG reach consensus on right to reelection
By Our Entire Staff
Following a stormy meeting of the parliamentary party, Fine Gael TDs have reached broad agreement on their right to be reelected. “They locked James Reilly in a closet and got on with discussing the Eighth Amendment,” revealed a source. “There was a consensus reached that something needs to be done to help those most at risk, ie TDs in danger of losing their seats.”
At one of his hourly press conferences yesterday, health minister Leo Varadkar emphasised the courageousness of the Government’s approach. “The nation is currently grappling with one of the burning questions of our time,” said Vlad. “Namely, who should succeed Enda as leader of our party. Clearly that should by myself, not Coveney. As for the James Reilly controversy – Mr Reilly simply craves attention and wants to get his name in the paper.”
A furious Vlad concluded by saying, “His behaviour is totally outrageous. Going on solo runs and hogging the headlines – that’s my job.”
NEW CENTRES FOR PUBLICITY ADDICTS
Minister Aodhán Ó Geardáin has announced innovative new measures aimed at providing more effective treatment for politicians addicted to publicity. Under the new guidelines, ministers will receive controlled doses of PR under strict supervision at approved centres around the country.
Aodhán Ó Geardáin
“We need to end scenarios where washed to individuals like Eamoan Gilbore is forced to serialise his sensational memoirs in the Sindo just to satisfy his cravings,” explained Ó Geardáin. “This is a man who wants nothing more but to flog his lame memoirs in a safe and controlled environment. Similarly, currently ministers – for example, those wishing to boost their profile as an election nears – will be free to avail of the facilities.”
The minister also noted that as the election nears, politicians’ hunger for column inches is set to reach “epidemic levels.”
More Gilmore book extracts
It was just another routine day of saving the country when the Taoiseach rang. I was surprised he had my phone number. “Eamon – you might remember me,” he said. “There’s been some stuff happening with Callinan. It took place a fortnight ago and I thought you should be kept abreast of the latest developments.”
I was shocked – the Taoiseach had actually contacted me about something. My next move was crucial. However, I wasn’t going to be pressured into anything – I would offer my view when the Taoiseach gave it to me. I told my departmental secretary to inform him of such in no uncertain terms.
The meeting called for early that Monday morning was testy. “Who’s this guy?” an FG minister said as he pointed at me. The Taoiseach was furious. “Eamon – why haven’t you made the tea?” he scolded. I knew straight away it was anecdote I would be recounting in my dismal memoirs… (Contd. inside ad nauseum)
Army to be used to prevent withdrawals
In a shock move the Taoiseach, Endless Kenny, has announced that members of the army will be used to prevent a sudden rush by the electorate to withdraw large numbers of TDs at the next election.
“I know this from speaking to a man I met on the main street in Castlebar recently,” commented Mr. Kenny. “He had a pint in each hand and another six pints hidden inside him, and he was adamant that he was going to forcibly remove Government TDs from their offices at the general election in… er… whenever that might be… if we decide to have an election at all.”
RYANAIR MR NICE GUY TO APPEAR ON STRICTLY COME DANCING
Cuddly Michel de Loverly is to appear on Strictly Come Dancing following a poll of readers of Modern Man magazine. De Loverly, who plays bridge at the weekends with his granny, is said to be delighted with the good news.
De Loverly told Take A Break magazine, “I’ve always wanted to be on Strictly and I hope people will like me.” Meanwhile, Ryanair say profits are up thanks to Michael’s nice guy approach. A spokeswoman said, “We really miss telling people to f**k off at the gates but the money is better now. Michael will be signing copies of his new book, Nice Guys Can Win, at the Ladies’ Bowls Clubhouse, Nerdsworth Common this Sunday.”
TÁNAISTE Joan Burton says “there is no doubt” that Labour environment minister Alan Kelly and FG finance minister Michael Noonan will reach a deal on rent certainty in due course.
“Mr. Noonan is a very clever politician who is great with sums and Alan whatsisname is a very talented listener who is also great at… y’know… lots and lots of things,” assures the Labour leader. “They are both very serious about the issue. I could hear them discussing it intensely in Mr. Noonan’s office this morning before the younger man came out to wash the blood off his shirt.”
On other pages:
- ‘It’s definitely not Alan Kelly’s fault’, says Alan Kelly.
- ‘We nearly had agreement but his bald head slipped out of Alan Kelly’s headlock’, says Alan Kelly.
- ‘Sign your name to them or else stop the anonymous death threats to Alan Kelly’, says Alan Kelly
Letters to the Editor
Latest Syrian talks
Sir, – May I be the first to welcome my latest initiative in Vienna to invite all the interested parties to bring about a lasting solution to the war in Syria.
The results of the latest UN peace initiative
If all goes well, UN observers will be allowed to remain in the country, unhindered in their efforts to stand by and do nothing. I urge America and Russia – and all the other old enemies involved in such crucial talks – to work together for a common purpose.
If the will is there, I am convinced that we can ensure that all the warring factions agree/disagree that President Bashar goes/stays, so that this terrible conflict will soon continue indefinitely/last forever.
Sir, – With the general election only months away, there is increasing public debate about cross-gender participation. Let me make it clear that Renua Ireland believes strongly in gender quotas. Indeed, we would be delighted to welcome all consenting individuals of all genders – male, female and gender fluid – to join us as candidates. You don’t need any qualifications or strong political views – I will take care of all of that.
Creighton: loves to hear new voices (who agree with her)
Running as one of our candidates will provide a short break from your mundane day-to-day activities. You might even get involved in politics. In addition, you will meet Eddie Hobbs (who will take care of reimbursing lost deposits) and get your photo in the local papers for a few weeks. Best of all, I can assure interested parties that it’s not a long-term commitment and I can guarantee that you will be able to resume your usual lifestyle by next Easter.
Sir, – Does anyone else have misgivings about the heating system on the modern Opel car ranges? I have experienced difficulties with three models in the past fortnight, with all three proving unreliable and untrustworthy and necessitating my replacing the entire vehicle.
Certainly, the new system quickly eliminates windscreen hydration, but even the lowest setting with basic fan assist, seems to cause overheating in the dashboard area. Indeed my wife, a front seat passenger, suffered considerable singeing to her eyebrows on two occasions and one of my in-laws experienced severe heat exhaustion in the rear seat.
I have now switched to Vauxhall and while it takes longer to heat up, the warmth does seem more evenly distributed and less intrusive, although I find it can impart some drowsiness when even a short whiff of exhaust fumes permeate an open window.
One for all
Sir, – I realise there may be some television viewers who will not so readily adapt to the updated People’s Angelus service now being broadcast on RTÉ television. However the reason for this alteration in the service is quite simple.
A priest reacts to the new Angelus
In short, while RTE fully recognises and respects the traditional values that prevail in this country, it is important that we meet the needs and requirements of individuals, couples, groups and communities in a modern country, whose society aspires towards the values of multiculturalism in a diversely denominational and secular manner, and which embraces all creeds and none, with complete disregard towards bias based on skin colour, ethnicity or genetic origin, while being agnostic, yet reverent, as to whether one is able-bodied or disabled, gay, heterosexual, transgender, gender fluid, or otherwise.
Hopefully that clears it up. We feel the new broadcast model will accurately respect those values, as has already been appreciatively represented by a woman baking bread.
Head of Religious Affairs
Sir, – I don’t want to cause unnecessary panic, but I’ve just been told by a man in the know that the entire army – tanks, bazookas, helicopters, the whole shebang! – are poised to go out and protect the populace if there is any hassle over the coining roundups!
I’m further informed that they are polishing their bayonets in barracks across the country even as I write this, and that a bloodbath of biblical proportions isn’t ruled out. Ireland is on the verge of apocalyptic meltdown if people lose control of their emotions. I urge retailers to round some items downwards to to help diffuse this crisis.
Dáil Éireann & Mayo
THE IRISH TIMES receives a great many awful letters each day and, thankfully, it is possible to find space for only a small selection. We regret that we can’t publish even fewer of them.
€15 for suitable contributions. Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Brooklyn Movie – The Revenge Of Tóibín
Brooklyn Movie – The Revenge Of Tóibín
In Colm Tóibín’s 180th edition of this riproaring novel, the author himself plays hero, villain, supporting actors and stand-ins. He also directs the movie and does the voice overs.
Writing in The Irish Times, Tóibín says, “It’s my best rehash yet but I’m planning my next outing Brooklyn – The Monster Returns, Leaves and Returns Again”. Donald Clarke of The Irish Times gushed that Brooklyn is, “A film so good, it should be placed beside DeVinci’s work in the Uffizi”.
The paper of record has erected a solid gold statue of Tóbín in its office foyer and has bought the rights to the next six million editions of the Brooklyn franchise.
Who will replace Billy Walsh?
by Our Boxing Staff Phil Ring
VINCENT BROWNE: By far the most suitable replacement, in his opinion. Vinny is known for dishing out remorseless punishment – particularly to viewers of his TV3 show.
LUCINDA CREIGHTON: Well-experienced in political spats, Lucy has fought many battles – though may find amateur boxing slightly tame compared to Fine Gael infighting.
JEREMY CLARKSON: The former Top Gear presenter certainly doesn’t lack drive. Has already made his mark in tough situations and shown that he is more than capable of knocking a few heads together when he sees fit.
ROY KEANE: Ireland’s Raging Bull is dedicated, decisive, edgy, bad-tempered and a safe pair of hands both inside and outside the ring. May possibly baulk at the basic €1m starting salary, however.
(That’s enough candidates – Ed.)
NEXT WEEK’S BESTSELLERS
1. Old Stories Of the Rising (Vol 1) by Joe Duffy (Old Rope Press)
2. Callers To Liveline Edited by J. Duffy (Recycled Books)
3. Joe Duffy’s Book Of Traditional 1916 Xmas Recipes (Guff House)
4. Rashers Tierney and Me: The Untold Story by Joe Duffer
5. The A-Z Of 1916 Bandwagon Spin-Offs by Joe Duffy
6. Scrapin’ The Oul 1916 Barrel by Joe Dubby (Dead Horse Books)
(We get the idea – Ed.)
Danger of red meat scare stories
by Our Health Staff Dr Strangelove
It’s official. Reports about the dangers of eating red meat products are bad for consumers. The latest survey has found conclusive evidence that warnings about consuming sausages, bacon, hamburgers and reading scary newspaper articles are guaranteed to make you ill and shorten your life by “up to 20 years”.
“These recent findings directly contradict earlier surveys about the benefits of eating sausages, bacon, hamburgers and reading scary newspaper articles,” said one leading Dublin editor, Mike Madeup. “Nevertheless, they are still a stark reminder that we are always desperate to fill space on a Monday when there is no other news.”
Meanwhile, the Minister for Agriculture, Simon Coveney, today conceded that red meat products could carry a certain amount of risk.
“Vigilance is key,” said Mr Coveney. “I strongly recommend any minister who wishes to enjoy a healthy career to stay well clear of this highly dangerous issue.”
“Lefty parties can’t be trusted,” warn Labour
The Labour Party has again dismissed Sinn Féin’s Right2Change transfer pact with Independent candidates, and has urged voters not to “be taken in” by the strategy. A spokesman for the party warns, “You know what these lefty types are like – one day it’s all about ‘helping the poor’, and then as soon as they get power they want to get rid of poverty altogether. Talk about hypocrisy! The problem is, some people will say anything to get into power.”
Pleb Summit Discussion Panels
THE LATEST UFC Fight Night in Dublin was marred by a “few mindless idiots”, organisers said. UFC Dublin took place at the 3Arena where the crowd was treated to the best of Mixed Martial Arts bouts, including five Irish fighters in action.
However, after they witnessed defeats for Cathal ‘The Punisher’ Pendred and Paddy ‘The Hooligan’ Holohan, a minority just “clapped politely, walked outside, got on the LUAS and then went home”, according to the promoters.
“It’s not what we like to see,” they said. “There’s no place for that sort of behaviour in UFC. The majority of people were well able to mindlessly jeer competitors, and sing ‘Ole Ole’ and ‘The Fields Of Athenry’ – the kind of thing that makes Conor McGregor so proud. There’s always a few bad apples in such a big crowd, a few mindless idiots.”
Euro qualifier update
MARTIN O’NEILL says he will learn lessons from Ireland’s dismal Rugby World Cup showing when it comes to the Euro play-offs against Bosnia-Herzegovina. “We’ve studied the videos closely and identified a number of excuses we can use after we’ve been beaten,” said O’Neill. “Joe Schmidt is meticulous and left no stone unturned when it came to finding reasons why we couldn’t beat Argentina. Most of these excuses were concocted during the TV3 ad breaks so he had plenty of time to polish them up. We can adapt the lines he used to our sport. For Paul O’Connell read John O’Shea, for Sean O’Brien read Jon Walters. For missed kicks at goal read Robbie Keane, and so on.”
DUNPHY SLAMS ‘JUST ONE HOOLAHAN’ IN O’NEILL SQUAD, SHOCK!
Football pundit Eamo Grumpy has criticised Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill’s squad selection ahead of the Euro 2016 play-off against Bosnia & Herzegovina.
“It’s an absolute scandal that Wes Hoolahan is only mentioned once in this squad,” slammed the controversial critic yesterday. “Here we have a player who can literally make a football talk, and who has the attributes of Messi, Ronaldo and Andy Reid all rolled into one, yet this conservative manager mentions him only once in his selection.”
However, the wrinkly analyst urges the manager to “make the most” of the Norwich playmaker’s presence. “He simply has to play Wes – in goal, central midfield and in the channel running off the left side of the diamond. It doesn’t matter who the other eight players are, but if he doesn’t play the world’s greatest ever footballer in those positions we will get stuffed!”
Schmidt vows to find new ways to come up short
By Our Rugby Corr, Gerry Thorny
An emotional Joe Schmidt has stated he is determined to find new ways for the Irish rugby team to underachieve following their World Cup exit. “There are a lot of tired minds in that dressing room,” said Schmidt. “The boys are trying to figure out the connotations for sponsorship deals and PR opportunities and it’s not an easy place to be.”
When asked if he now expected a glut of retirements, the Irish supremo urged his players not to rush to any decisions. “Nobody should make rash choices,” he cautioned. “The best course of action is to put the feet up for a while – some of our lads seemed to commence their holidays from kick-off, so that should stand to them.”
Meanwhile, TV3 have expressed delight at how their rugby coverage has been received. The station has been on ad break since the match ended last Sunday, but a spokesman confirmed they would be interrupting the advertising to cover the semi-finals.
Westlife react to torture revelations
By Our Political Staff Dee Sade
A huge storm erupted yesterday after it emerged that the CIA has been using Westlife’s music to torture prisoners in Afghanistan. The news has prompted an outcry from ex-members of the group
An angry Shane Filan last night told reporters: “This is an absolute outrage that has caused untold pain – considering that we still haven’t heard a word about unpaid royalties.”
OTHER WESTLIFE SIDE EFFECTS
- Sensory deprivation and feelings of nausea as newspapers print full-colour pics of the band.
- Sudden mood swings when music-lovers recall what they were really like.
- Extra pounds put in band’s coffers as gullible under-10s download such all-time classics as Flying Without Songs and You Bring Me Down.
CIA programming 2FM schedules
Following on from the Westlife CIA torture revelations, it has been further disclosed that the intelligence agency are programming the 2FM daytime schedules.
“The fact that 2FM tortures listeners with dross like Westlife, as well as presenters like Eoghan McDermott and Jennifer Maguire, is clear evidence that the station has been infiltrated by CIA agents,” said a confidential source. “This activity has been carried out over a number of years and reached a particularly barbaric level with the inclusion of Ryan Tubridy in the lineup at one point.”
However, legal action by traumatised Irish listeners has been ruled out. “The latest JNLR figures indicate that the audiences are fleeing in droves,”concluded the source. “So its impact will gradually dwindle – much like its relevance.”
Next Week’s Bestsellers
Next Week’s Bestsellers
1. Paul O’Connell: The Biography (Vol 1), the only officially authorised biography, by Mike Madeup
2. My Pal, Paulie, by his only authorised best friend, Brian ‘Drico’ O’Driscoll
3. The Paul O’Connell I Never Knew, the opening volume in a trilogy by assorted hangers-on
4. Lock, Stock And Barrel, the unofficial book of risqué rugby jokes, edited by Ronan O’Gara
5. My Pal, Seanie, a personal tribute to Sean O’Brien by the team-mate who knew Sean O’Brien better than anyone else, Brian O’Driscoll
6. 50 Shades of Green, the sensational erotic novel about the sexual dressing-room spectaculars of Ireland’s rugby elite by George Hook
7. The Paul O’Connell Christmas Cookbook, some of his favourite seasonal recipes
8. The O’Connell Diet, behind-the-scenes secrets of how Ireland’s greatest rugby player kept his amazing figure, by Phil Face
(That’s enough bestsellers – Ed.)
TV3 RUGBY COMPETITION TIME
Odd 1 Out – One of these guys has absolutely no ball handling experience whatsoever. Can you guess which one?
Here’s a clue: He doesn’t play for Goldman Sachs 3rds or speak like an Australian
with his head stuck in a lavatory. He knows about as much about rugby as Paul
O’Connell knows about men’s synchronised swimming. And he certainly sounds like he has no ball-handling experience!
The winner will receive a boxset of all 55 billion hours of advertising played on TV3 during the Rugby World Cup.
That Budget boxing gesture
by Our Dáil Staff Miriam Lurid
Speculation has continued about the controversial “punching” gesture which Enda Kenny made while Sinn Féin’s Mary Lou McDonald was speaking in the Dáil.
Experts in interpreting body language have suggested that the Taoiseach’s repetitive hand movement may have been a desperate attempt at anger management – particularly as Deputy McDonald’s speech included accusations that Budget 2016 was designed primarily to bribe voters in the run-up to the General Election.
OTHER POSSIBLE FIST GESTURE MEANINGS
- He was simply punching in his time until he gets the boot.
- Idly dreaming of getting the upper hand on the Shinners.
- Taoiseach is palming off the Labour Party as usual.
- Battering the Irish public with austerity measures (already done)
- Killing off Joan Burton’s political career (ditto)
(That’s enough empty gestures – Ed.)
RUSSIA AND THE USA have come to an agreement over bombing sorties in the Middle East. Tensions had escalated between the nations after Syria had agreed to allow Russia to ‘have a go at Isis’. However, President Obama was against this from the outset, saying that Russia shouldn’t be acting like world police.
Now it has been revealed that the two sides have reached an accord. Obama told reporters at the White House: “This is truly a historic day. We have reached a firm agreement with Russia and we will split the bombing duties equally. We’ll take hospitals and wedding celebrations, while the Russians can have schools and toy
factories. We’ll split shepherds between us. There’s plenty of bombing to go around, more than enough for two superpowers.”