Eoin Butler: writer, journalist and Mayoman of the Year

Tripping Along The Ledge



Ideas are my currency. If I’m in a clothes shop and I find a pair of pants I like, I’ll walk up to the counter and suggest the names of some songs that might make good ringtones. For two weeks in the Canaries I’d probably stump up the basis for a workable post-war settlement in Iraq. If I’m owed change, I’ll ask the travel agent how he gets the pistachios out of the closed shells and be on my way. That’s how it works. Read the rest of this entry here.

November 29th, 2009.

15 Responses to “I’M AN IDEAS MAN”

  1. massey Says:

    WHere the hell do you dig up these photoes eoin ?

  2. Eoin Says:

    Came across it on the internet months ago Massey… saved it away just in case it ever came handy.

  3. Bren Says:

    I remember hearing about that Nazi band Ketzer. Apparently a load of punks in Dublin made an anti-facist movement / militia and beat the crap out of them. Don’t know if they were as vocal after that.

  4. Eoin Says:

    @ Bren – really? that might make an interesting feature for Analogue. Something a bit different?

    When me and Larry working on it we couldn’t find out anything at all – so you’re already a couple of steps ahead of us.

    Interestingly the Irish Nationalism website is back online…


  5. Lisa Says:

    Stoneybatter Trilogy has potential. I’ll consider my terms.

  6. Eoin Says:

    @ Lisa – wait’ll ya read part two. Owen Burke becomes embroiled in a bitter, protracted battle with Dublin Street Parking Services. There are no winners only losers.

  7. Lisa Says:

    Wow – sounds like you’re onto something. Beckettian in its scope I would say. Reinvigorating Irish drama.

    Perhaps next season at the Abbey.

  8. Eoin Says:

    @ Lisa – €25,000 and the decision is yours!

  9. Lisa Says:

    How about a 1991 left-hand drive Isuzu Trooper instead? I have one going spare at the moment.

    Thought you might like this by the way: http://www.guardian.co.uk/tv-and-radio/2009/nov/27/the-wire-conference-leeds

  10. Eoin Says:

    You’re offering me a motor vehicle (or possibly law enforcement agent, I’m not really up on these things) in return for the Stoneybatter Trilogy. Hmmm… I’ll have to consult with my agent.

    Re: The Wire. Uber-fans take the fun out of everything. Incidentally, this is from this morning’s New York Times.


    Kinda remind you of…?


  11. Eoin Says:

    Okay, I’ve just Google Imaged Isuzu Trooper… I’m willing to accept your terms.

  12. Lisa Says:

    Hmmm. Also shades of Clay Davis about the whole thing.

    As regards the Trooper, the only issue is that I’m currently living deep in the heart of the Canadian Rockies so if you can work out a way to transport the truck from there to Dublin please share.

  13. Eoin Says:

    Ah, it’s Canada. Can’t you strap some logs together, roll the truck aboard and let it just float downstream to Ireland…? The Beachcombers did it all the time!

    P.S. I was reading on your site about the book deal. Fair play – how many words and when’s the deadline??

  14. Lisa Says:

    Thanks! That was why I had to close off the site to invite-only, on my publishers’ advice. (How great is it to say that…) But then I just excised some of the backlog and figured it should be okay. Book is going to be published in Canada, only people who read the blog are my mum and about two of my friends in Ireland and never the twain shall meet.

    I sent off a first draft a few weeks ago and it comes in at around 70,000 words I think. Have to wait to hear back now about what direction it should be edited in then hopefully out next autumn (or “Fall” as I should call it).

    Right better go. Have to drive 400km this morning and some of the mountain passes are a bit dodgy at the moment. You know how it goes.

  15. Adrian Russell Says:

    that Christy Moore song inspired me in my own column this week (about christy and rugby team). nice one

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