Archive for August, 2007

Ollie Byrne R.I.P. and the Friendship of Pets

I was going to write a piece today about the late Ollie Byrne, owner of Shelbourne football club. And this is it, but in a roundabout way, because one of our cats is spending the night on a drip in the vets. We found her yesterday in the front garden with blood on her face and paws, and what seemed to be a broken hip, with another of our cats standing loyally on guard beside her. Raisa is an elderly cat, seventeen years old, so the vet has taken blood tests to figure out if she will even survive trying to heal her leg. Now here is the Ollie Byrne connection. >>> (more…)


August 31, 2007 at 1:00 am 8 comments

Prank Letter – First Reply from Ryanair

On Tuesday I posted this prank letter that I sent to Ryanair CEO Michael O’Leary, from a postgraduate student with an idea to save even more money running a low-fares airline. It was the start of on ongoing exchange of letters. Here is the first reply that I got from Michael O’Leary: >>> (more…)

August 30, 2007 at 6:07 am 1 comment

Eddie Hobbs Falters with Poor Show of Eejitry

In the August edition of You and Your Money, Eddie Hobbs hosted this masterclass in eejitry, posing as a schoolboy, a Money Medic and a pensive guru.

Eddie Hobbs SchoolEddie Hobbs DoctorEddie Hobbs Pensive

But the September edition shows a marked decline in eejitry and an unexpected move towards emphasising financial advice. Take a look:

Eddie Hobbs Sep CoverEddie Hobbs Sep MedicEddie Hobbs Sep Child

The front cover shows only mild eejitry, with Claire Byrne whispering into Eddie’s ear and creating the impression that Eddie has a giant deformed ear. In the Money Medic picture, Eddie is admittedly acting the eejit, but not to the same high standards as in the previous issue. And as for the child with the mortar board and gown – well, let’s be honest, in the previous edition Eddie himself would have posed for that picture. And there’s more: >>> (more…)

August 29, 2007 at 12:02 am Leave a comment

Prank Letter to Ryanair’s Michael O’Leary

Here’s a prank letter that I sent to Ryanair’s CEO Michael O’Leary a while ago. It is from a postgraduate student with an unusual idea for saving even more money while running a low-fares airline. >>> (more…)

August 28, 2007 at 1:08 am Leave a comment

Monday Quiz 10 – Cannabis Ban and ‘Childish’ GAA

On this week last year (August 27 to September 2, 2006):

  • What reason did Fianna Fail Senator Eoin Ryan give for the Government not legalising cannabis?
  • Why did Sinn Fein’s Martin McGuinness accuse the GAA of ‘being childish’?
  • A student from Fermoy, County Cork, was promoting a plan to get himself a free house worth €250,000. What was his plan?
  • Novelist Kathleen McGowan, whose mother is from Sligo, claimed that Pat Kenny had dropped her as a guest from the opening show of the new series of the Late Late Show. What was her claim to fame?
  • What internationally famous business, which was founded in Mallow, County Cork in 1888, announced that it would be switching all of its machines from diesel to bio-fuel?

Click here for answers: >>> (more…)

August 27, 2007 at 12:01 am Leave a comment

My New Blog about the 1970s – Bionic Bohs

If you like Irish football and/or cultural nostalgia, I’ve started a new blog this week called Bionic Bohs. It’s about my experiences as a Dublin schoolboy in the 1970s following Bohemian football club, along with some of the flavour of Irish life generally in the 1970s and some of the history and tradition of the other League of Ireland teams of the time. Please have a look and let me know what you think. Here’s the link:

August 26, 2007 at 1:35 am Leave a comment

Ireland on YouTube Part 2 – Cork

‘It’s alright to say, things can only get better – you haven’t lost your brand new sweater!’ Continuing our trip around Ireland as portrayed on YouTube, here are Cork legends Sultans of Ping with Where’s Me Jumper?

Next comes a worthy rival to the Sultans’ iconic status. Slocum63 has uploaded this video of Cork City fan Finbarr on a trip to Iceland, serenading a woman with a drink-assisted version of Mustang Sally.

Four more Cork videos are just a click away – they include

  • Mouse racing filmed sideways in a pub in Kilbrittain
  • Ray Lally in a public dance-off with Dancing Dave
  • Greg O’Halloran doing an impression of Pat Dolan
  • A hard-hitting promotional video called Cork, Like.

Here they are, like. >>> (more…)

August 25, 2007 at 9:03 pm 1 comment

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A blog by Michael Nugent

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I also write Bionic Bohs, a blog about following Bohemians football club in the 1970s.


Bionic Bohs

As mentioned above, if you like Irish football and/or cultural nostalgia, I also write Bionic Bohs, a blog about following Bohs in the 1970s.