Prank Dog-Bowl Letters 12 – To the Taoiseach

November 30, 2007 at 2:00 pm 2 comments

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This is the last of the prank dog-bowl letters from the good old days when pet-food magnate Albert Reynolds was Taoiseach, and when the hint of a Taoiseach’s support for a crazy project would result in Government agencies falling over each other to help. I published the letters in the book Dear John, which I co-wrote with Sam Smyth in 1993, so that meant we had to finalise the correspondence before the book came out. Here’s the last letter: >>>

Letter to the Taoiseach

Dear Albert,

Summer is gone, Dympna’s cold has cleared up, and the kids are out from under our feet. Unlike the Reynolds’, the Mackays did not go abroad this year, so you can’t call us fair-weather friends! But down to business – here’s aone-page update on the dog-bowl project.

Kieran and Colm at the IDA and Alan McCarthy at Bord Trachtala have been more than helpful in sniffing out market research. They seem happy with the brand name – the Irish Wolf-It-Down-Hound Bowl – which we’re ready to register with Dublin castle. And so it’s all systems go, with our first ad campaign starting next week!

Now to a sensitive matter, Albert. As Taoiseach, it would clearly be tricky for you to be seen to endorse a commercial product. However, I presume there would be no problem with ads that included a small photo of yourself and said:

This unique all-Irish product is the outcome of a commercial viability study instigated by an taoiseach, Mr Albert Reynolds TD – so buy it today.

Anyway, once it’s in the papers, there’s nothing anyone can do – and if the PD puritanical police make an issue of it, you can say you knew nothing and we’ll give a few quid to charity.

Yours sincerely,
John Mackay

PS Again, many thanks for your assistance in instigating this unique commercial venture.

PPS Do you think young Philip at C&D Pet FOods would go for a Wolf-It-Down-Hound-Bowl joint venture with Max dog-nosh?

PPPS Here’s another fiver for the party!

Other Prank Letters

I’ll be publishing other prank letters on this blog every so often.

Entry filed under: Fun, Ireland, Politics, Pranks.

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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Laura  |  July 12, 2008 at 9:56 pm

    Did Albert ever reply to the last letter???

  • 2. online singles  |  September 16, 2008 at 3:17 pm

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


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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.

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