Eoin Butler: writer, journalist and Mayoman of the Year

Tripping Along The Ledge



breakfast21Had “breakfast” on South William Street this morning: two pieces of streaky bacon, two thin slices of bread and a dollop of Ballymaloe Relish. Reference the butter sachet for scale.

Miserable bastards. I swear to God, it’ll be worth the recession if some of these pricks go to the wall.

June 13th, 2009.


  1. Peter Says:

    I think youll find you paid €3 for the sandwich and €3.50 for the privilage of eating on south willaim st.

  2. Eoin Says:

    Possibly, but even three euro would get you a decent breakfast roll in any Spar!

  3. Colin Says:

    It’s the Ballymaloe Relish. You accidently ordered the black truffle version.

    They weren’t high on presentation for 6.50 either. I’d get your old friend Marco Pierre White on to them.

  4. Conal Says:

    Is that plate dirty? that is fairly outragous. I thought those days were over. Did you complain? Tell us the name of the place

  5. Corway Says:

    Haha, good ol’ Metro Cafe.

    €6.50 is $10.00 Canadian.
    $10.00 bucks in the best place for breakfast in Toronto will get you:
    A large cup of coffee (free of charge).
    A small bowl of fresh fruit.
    A large portion of scrambled eggs.
    A bunch of crunchy bacon accompanied with Maple Syrup.
    Hash browns amalgamated with sweet Potato.
    For a couple of dollars extra you can have Pancakes with Banana & Walnut cooked inside them.


  6. Eoin Says:

    Right i’m not saying the name of the place, but my friend Pedro (above) mightn’t necessarily be a million miles off the mark.

    Incidentally, I’m delighted to see that, after a shaky start – “poor me, I’m so alone, Canadian girls don’t love me” – he’s fallen in love with his new home country all over again:


    Enjoy North America Pete. Not much going on here – Barca still champions of Europe!

  7. Corway Says:

    “Right i’m not saying the name of the place, but my friend Pedro (above) mightn’t necessarily be a million miles off the mark.”

    The diplomatic journalist.
    You’ve changed man.

    I used to enjoy indulging in the occasional Metro breakfast but prices seem to be exorbitantly worse now (especially judging by that picture).

    P.S. My tune has only changed because I met a girl who can control and dictate my fixation.

    P.P.S. Barca deserved it. They played great and we were absolutely rubbish. I have always had a soft spot for them and hated Real though. Now that Kaka & Ronaldo are there, I like Barca even more.

  8. Eoin Says:

    To be honest Pete, it wasn’t the price I objected to – I was doing What It Says in The Papers thing around the corner in Newstalk and was in a rush. I was glad to find anywhere open. It was the portion I was pissed about. I’m pretty sure you could hear my hunger pains on the air!

    Nice to see you’re magnanimous in defeat. But yeah Real are the Franco-ist side, Barca the people’s team. And good riddance to that preening cock Ronaldo!

  9. Colin Says:

    @Eoin – How about something about “that preening cock Ronaldo” 2003 – 2009 ? He put goals in the net, so will it be “good riddance” for Utd ?

  10. Eoin Says:

    I’m not a United fan Colin, but they have a tradition of getting rid of players who think they’re bigger than the club. In the long run, it’s almost always for the best.

  11. Sean Says:

    Was the butter from a real golden cow? Newstalk must be right cheap buggers if they didn’t even offer you a bite to eat…

  12. Eoin Says:

    You don’t know the half of it Sean.

    There’s one show I regularly do (I won’t say which one or what channel), where the presenter ends every show by saying “With thanks to [some coffee chain] for all the muffins and coffee…”

    But there are no muffins and coffee…

    Interesting theory on the butter!

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