Eoin Butler: writer, journalist and Mayoman of the Year

Tripping Along The Ledge


Published: Irish Times, September 3 2009


So you’re finally moving into a place of your own? Congratulations, first and foremost. In a world that never fails to deliver its share of letdowns and crushing disappointments, this is one rite of passage that actually lives up to the hype. Before outlining some of the comparatively minor pitfalls that may lie ahead, it is worth taking stock again of what precisely you stand to gain. Read the rest of this article here.

September 6th, 2009.


  1. Colin Says:

    I had a good laugh and flashbacks at this one, Butler. Particularly, ‘Would you categorize hurling as an indoor or outdoor pursuit?’

    Concerning landlord/lady and getting the deposit back, remember to clean the inside AND the outside of the house. It’s great when you get the nod for how clean the interior is but when it’s pointed out that there’s a trail of broken plates, glasses and vomit along the side path of the house and there’s two huge bins on the roof, it’s tough debating any other faults they find.

  2. baz Says:

    Wish some1 had given me tha tip about livin with birds ya likd at the start of college.

  3. Eoin Says:

    Two huge bins on the roof, does that ring a bell…?

  4. Conal Says:

    even though im living in negative equity land now its still worth it not to have to deal with another “z john”. but I have to say I thought cutting bits of carpet fluff from under the couch with a nail scissors and super-gluing it to the visible cigarette burns was nothing less than a stroke of genius, didnt help with that particular deposit though, for all the sneaky ways of covering up damage, were up against people who were just plain crookeder 🙂

  5. Gee Says:

    Z john wha?

  6. albinicus Says:

    I shared a room in first year of college with a guy who used to listen to ‘Bolt Thrower’ (seriously he had a t-shirt and all) and who used to bring a stanley knife out with him to the pub. He used to come up with random false statistics like ‘4 women are raped every month on campus’ and ‘they reckon Ireland will be half black in 5 years’. I’m lucky he didn’t kill me when on the first night of sharing the room I went out, got hammered and preceded to sleep walk and piss in the corner of the room..

  7. Eoin Says:

    @ Gee – Z John is what Conal and I call an old landlord he and I once had, so called because Conal prefixed his name with a Z on his mobile for ease of dialling.

    @ albinicus – okay, that definitely beats any of my stories. Although I did once live with a guy who always kept ten pre-skinned joints in the glove compartment of his car, because he couldn’t drive if he wasn’t stoned.

  8. albinicus Says:

    @Eoin..that’s just common sense

  9. Colin Says:

    @Eoin – It should ring bells. Rag Week 98

    @albinicus – Marvellous story, surely a candidate for shittest room mate ever. Stanley Knife…

  10. Eoin Says:

    Ahh, it’s coming back to me now, Colin…

  11. Gregor T. Says:

    Those blokes look familiar, suspect I may have shared with one or two of them back in the day.

  12. JohnnyComeLately Says:

    My new landlord is in my phone as Z John.

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