Eoin Butler: writer, journalist and Mayoman of the Year

Tripping Along The Ledge



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It’s minus 8 degrees C in Ballyhaunis. Someone left the turkey in the boot of our car overnight. By morning the bird has frozen solid, causing recriminations at the breakfast table.
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We stop for coffee in Roscommon on the way home. There’s an icicle hanging from the bathroom tap.
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Mayo County Council have run out of salt. Damnit Mayo County Council, you’ve claimed €800k expenses in the last six months. And you forget about the salt.
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Last minute shopping trip. Need a present for my Granny…
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Hmmm… possibly not.
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After dinner we go to our friends house to drink mulled wine and gossip about people we went to school with. Yeehaw, Christmas doesn’t get better than this!

December 24th, 2009.


  1. Conal Says:

    i don’t think I can remember seeing anything like this here before, it looks like someone’s gone at the countryside with a fire extinguisher. looks class.

    happy christmas!

  2. anne Says:

    Happy Xmas to all in Ballyhaunis. Looks great there. I have also left turkey in the car…. maybe I will take it in before I go to bed !

  3. darragh Says:

    Kells, which normally manages to completely avoid snow (those fuckers in Cavan get all the luck), got a dusting this year. Nothing like a bit of white outside this time of year. Have a happy one down in Ballyhaunis.

  4. Colin Says:

    The snow hit here this morning. Perfect timing.

    Merry Christmas!

  5. Lisa Says:

    I’m not sure how robust your pipes are (no innuendo please) but if it gets really cold the plumbing can freeze overnight and then burst or else you have to defrost them slowly with a hairdryer and it’s all a bit of a pain. To avoid any such seasonal dramas you should leave the tap on at a faint trickle overnight.

  6. Eoin Says:

    So, so hungover… When will I learn? Thanks a million to everyone who wished Happy Christmas – same to all of you.

    Snow situation has kind of stopped being funny. Yesterday my mother decided to drive to Claremorris to get food. Got about a mile out of town and had to turn back. In the process of turning, got stuck in the ice.

    Tried to push the car but couldn’t even stand up on the ice. In the end had to call my very heroic friend Ollie, who comments on here sometimes, and his auld fella to get us out.

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