Eoin Butler: writer, journalist and Mayoman of the Year

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The funniest thing I’ve ever seen.

Let me say this: that boy has no business on the back of that donkey. None whatsoever. At one point – when they both go careering into the bushes – I’m seriously thinking, if this video gets any funnier, I might actually die laughing. (Spoiler alter: it then gets even funnier.)

January 30th, 2011.

19 Responses to “The funniest thing I’ve ever seen.”

  1. gueuleton Says:

    You’ve given donkey derbies some of the best years of your life Ciaran. But its time to give up the dream dude. You’re 25.

  2. Tracey Says:

    Gotta love the man with the £40 lol!

  3. Eoin Says:

    Too many highlights to mention: Joe casually pushing small girl out of the way, Joe running out of questions in the Billy interview, Ciaran competing against a child a quarter his size, the fact that Ciaran’s voice is broken, Joe pronouncing Miss Ellie as Marselly, garage man strutting around like JR Ewing with his £40… and that’s before the race even starts.

  4. Grace Says:

    Should come with a warning: not to be viewed by any Irish emigrants living out foreign. Guaranteed to make extremely homesick. *sob!*

  5. Eoin Says:

    Sorry about that Grace. Don’t forget it’s always raining here.

  6. s Says:

    Percy has other ideas……..!

  7. Eoin B Says:

    This belongs in the National Museum of Country Life – and may well end up there in a few decades!

  8. Eoin Says:

    Holy shit, this page got 5,000 hits on Sunday – despite the fact I’d posted video on Facebook and Twitter a day earlier.

  9. JohnP Says:

    For anyone suffering from Donkey Derby comedown….


  10. sean Says:

    The boy twelve secs in has hair redder than trotskys blood. God its great being irish!! 🙂

  11. kate Says:

    blame dan.

  12. Bobby Says:

    Check it…Billy Lee made it big despite being in Kierans shadow..http://www.goracing.ie/HRI/Whats-On/About-Horse-Racing/Profiles/Jockey-Profiles/Billy-Lee/

  13. Eoin Says:

    Is that seriously the same guy??

  14. Bobby Says:

    That is seriously the same guy..

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  17. Clicking along the ledge | Tripping Along The Ledge Says:

    […] #2 The funniest thing I’ve ever seen (January 30th) I’m still a (relatively) young man. But if I watch this one more time, there is a real possibility I will keel over and die laughing. […]

  18. Lesserimp Says:

    I think the donkey could have done better! Very good! Check out this interview of a lad from Offaly… It’s absolutely brilliant! http://sportsphile.ie/2011/06/09/the-shane-connell-interview/

  19. mike Says:

    Which fella was the garage man? Was it yourman with the braces or the fella in the yellow shirt, the camera man didn’t seem very sure. Those were the days, too many false accents around nowadays and every event regulated. In the mid 90’s I was back in Ballybunnion on a sunday down by the beach and could write a book about it. I saw an ould fella there that was taking his granddaughters down to the sea. He changed from his y fronts to his swimming trunks using a towel that ended up on the ground while he gave a crowed beach full view of his undercarriage. when he changed he took his granddaughters down to the beach only to paddle in the water for 5 minutes. They arrive back and he goes through the whole changing process again. When he changed back into his y fronts he lid face down on the beach to sun himself with his underpants turned inside out sporting a very large skid mark for all to see. While he toasted his skid mark in the summer sun his daughter and her husband got up to go somewhere and they spotted the ould lad flaunting his stained y fronts all they did was have a good laugh and kept going.

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