Eoin Butler: writer, journalist and Mayoman of the Year

Tripping Along The Ledge


He’s no tourist

On a serious note, I’d like to extend best wishes to regular reader/commenter Dermot who is deploying to Afghanistan in a few days time. Best of luck, man. Although as a serving French soldier, you’re presumably under orders to surrender to the first troop of Girl Guides you encounter. Ba-dum-tish! Seriously Dermot, best of luck mate. I won’t pretend to understand your motives, but I do admire your courage. Be careful and come home safely!

(P.S. The interview Dermot gave me for the Irish Times is here.)

November 11th, 2010.

13 Responses to “He’s no tourist”

  1. massey Says:

    With the way the country is going I’d nearly join him.

  2. Eoin Says:

    I thought you were a man of peace Massey?

  3. Eoin Says:

    Although, joking aside, if my only options were Roscommon or war-torn Afghanistan I mightn’t be too far behind.

  4. gueuleton Says:

    Massey, don’t be a hero!!

  5. Dermot Says:

    The more the merrier! They say war is hell, but I for one never want to go through the post-Henry-handball saga alone again! THAT was hell!!!

  6. Daniel Says:

    @ Dermot – Good luck,don’t forget the cheese eating while you’re at it 🙂

  7. Daniel Says:

    (….says a smartarse wwho never even gone paintballing…)

    Seriously Good luck and stay safe!

  8. Eoin Says:

    @ Daniel – I’ve paint-balled. Not for the faint hearted. I’d start on Quasar and work your way up.

  9. Dermot Says:

    Quasar’s a dark horse, heard of a few fellas going blind (although that might have been from eating the Leisureplex hotdogs). Cheers to one and all.

  10. Keith M. Says:

    The best of luck over there. Rather you than me and all that.

    p.s. Rambo fought *with* the mujahideen not against.

  11. Eoin Says:

    @ Dermot – Quasar is a lot like war, except your opponents are mostly 8 years old and younger.

    @ Keith – With the mujahadeen, against them, whatever… The point is, he didn’t wear a shirt.

  12. Dermot Says:

    @ Eoin – Some of those childishly insightful remarks concerning the size of my ass when trying to crawl through the industrial carpeted tunnels can hurt cut worse than shrapnel, man.

    @ Keith – I always fancied myself as a bit of a Liam Neeson in “Taken” actually(substituting a North Dublin/French accent for the woeful American movie-trailer-narrator one Liam whips up).

  13. Pete Says:

    Stay safe Dermot

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