Eoin Butler: writer, journalist and Mayoman of the Year

Tripping Along The Ledge


Published: Irish Times, 20 November 2010

“Auld negative thoughts would be going through your mind. About where you’re from. About being a Traveller…”

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Newly crowned European Super Bantamweight Boxing Champion

Congratulations, first of all. It must have been a thrill to win like that in front of a home crowd?
It was. Even having a European title fight in Limerick was a dream come true, to be honest. So winning it was just the icing on the cake. But it wasn’t just a case of turning up on the night and going through the motions, you know? A lot of time and preparation went into it. Luckily, it paid off. I’m over the moon.

You were away from your family for eight weeks training. Was that tough?
It was because, at the end of the day, family is first. My kids mean more to me than anything else in the world.

You grew up in a family of 23 children yourself.
That’s right. I grew up in the travelling community. There were twenty three of us. We’re all good now. We get along. But it’s tough. You’ve a lot of kids leaving school early and not doing much with themselves. People fall into depression and then drugs and drink come along and that’s a lot of worry for their parents. Read the rest of this article here.

November 25th, 2010. 3 Comments »

“I haven’t been this excited about a technological breakthrough since they invented the dish scrubber with the washing-up liquid inside it…”

Until quite recently, I was very pernickety about punctuality. Your punctuality. If you were five minutes late, I’d be strumming my fingers on the tabletop when you arrived. Ten minutes and I’d be shooting you the old stink eye. Twenty minutes and I’d have prepared a short monologue in which I outlined all your deficiencies as a friend and a human being. Yeah, I was kind of a hard ass. Read the rest of this entry »

November 25th, 2010. 4 Comments »

Superstar (1994)

November 24th, 2010. 5 Comments »

David Norris presidential campaign: photo-op latest

Shiney happy Norris
Say what you like about him, he is a man of many talents: Senator. Scholar. Indie-rocker.

November 24th, 2010. 2 Comments »

Breaking: Singer-Songwriter Taken Captive by Somali Pirates

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From the Associated Press this morning… Read the rest of this entry »

November 23rd, 2010. Comment now »


Gawker reports Mrs Windsor has entered a “delayed rebellious teen phase.” I’m sure Kanye would approve.

November 19th, 2010. Comment now »

Before I begin, I’d like to address a few words to the Garda Road Traffic Corps…

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Officers, lads… I know we’ve had our differences. We’ve both said things that, in the light of day, we probably regret. But look what you’ve reduced me to. I’m using public transport. Dear God, hasn’t this madness gone far enough? Read the rest of this article here.

November 18th, 2010. Comment now »

“I am constantly working on a Grand Unified Theory… It will be three dimensional and include elements of all branches of learning…”

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When I was sixteen, I was sent away to an awful summer camp in Ennis. It was like the Gaeltacht, except they made you speak French. While I was there, both of my parents wrote. This evening I came across those letters for the first time in fifteen years. Let’s just say they each had slightly different approaches to parenting… Read the rest of this entry »

November 17th, 2010. 11 Comments »

Sunday Afternoon on the Island of Le Grande Jatte

Look familiar? Read the rest of this entry »

November 15th, 2010. 3 Comments »

Published: Mongrel Magazine, September 2007

My Rose of Tralee Experience

by P.J. Devine: Meteor Escort of the Year 2007

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It’s always been a dream of mine to participate in the Rose of Tralee in some capacity. Obviously, growing up as a young lad, contestant was never an option. But I figured I might have a shot at usher, cloakroom attendant, something like that. You know yourself. Just to be part of the occasion. Fantastic event. One of a kind really. Fair play to the organizers at the end of the day. Even directing traffic outside the venue – dream come true. Fantastic. What an opportunity. Read the rest of this entry »

November 15th, 2010. Comment now »