Eoin Butler: writer, journalist and Mayoman of the Year

Tripping Along The Ledge


Perusing the Sunday papers this weekend, something suddenly strikes me.

I kinda hate the Sunday papers. The first six days of the week, newspaper articles tend to begin with sentences like ‘The government has announced…’, ‘Sources in Timbuktu report…’ or ‘Grave robbers in Ballyjamesduff have stolen…’ But come Sunday, it’s all ‘Is Bebo turning our children into zombies?’ or ‘Can worrying about my bum give me swine flu?’

The answer, invariably, is ‘Almost certainly not… But here’s 2,000 words and a photograph of Jennifer Aniston (for some reason) just for the hell of it.’ Read the rest of this article here.

October 7th, 2010. 4 Comments »

This is funny

bill stickers

October 7th, 2010. 8 Comments »

Crippled Inside (1971)

He may have been crippled inside, but he sure knew some interesting people: Tariq Ali, Miles Davis, Jack Nicholson, Andy Warhol. This is from the documentary (it’s on YouTube!) Gimme Some Truth. Happy birthday, John!

October 6th, 2010. 2 Comments »

Miscellaneous Amusing Items I Come Across #46

Idris Elba
Fame is a fickle mistress, Idris. One moment you’re kingpin of the Barksdale organisation. The next Ray Shah is patting you on the back and offering a few pointers. More here.

October 6th, 2010. 13 Comments »

I’m reminded of Garrison Keillor’s uncle, the one reputed to have “unfinished sentences dating back to the Hoover administration…”

It is a bright, clear morning in mid-September. Aidan Gillen’s battered BMW rattles along one of the bumpy backroads that snake across the sun-kissed Dingle peninsula. To our right stands Mount Brandon. Ahead, the Atlantic Ocean sparkles in a summer’s last hurrah. But the driver is ill-at-ease. I’m a journalist. He doesn’t like journalists. You can tell. Read the rest of this interview here.

October 5th, 2010. 5 Comments »

Quadrivium (2010)

On Friday, Conor Walsh, a very talented minimalist/ambient piano composer from Swinford, Co. Mayo, will play Dubin as part of the Hard Working Class Heroes. When I knew Conor, through football, in our mid-teens, we were into Nirvana, ripped jeans, girls, Gaelic football and cider (in roughly that order.) It was far from Michael Nyman, in other words. He plays the Mercantile on Dame Street on Friday evening at 7.30pm.

October 5th, 2010. 3 Comments »

“The proprietress peppers her conversation with jokes about my frequent drunkenness and occasional sexual incapacity…”

After some deliberation, I opt for the Oriental Fish Terrine, with an entrée of Melody of Seafood in a Light Thai Sauce. I toy with the idea of ordering an aperitif, until it is suggested – a little sharply, I reckon – that I have had enough to drink. Read the rest of this article here.

October 4th, 2010. 3 Comments »

Gimme Little Sign (1967)

October 3rd, 2010. Comment now »

‘Lots of writers I admire – Dostoyevsky, Orwell, Vonnegut – served in the military.’

dermot o'shea
Private First Class, French Foreign Legion

Tell us about yourself.
My name is Dermot, I’m 24 years old and I’m from Balbriggan. I didn’t always want to be a soldier. In fact, when I did my Leaving Cert in 2003, I wanted to study journalism in DIT. But I missed out by ten points.

So you decided to try something less cut throat instead?
I worked a while in insurance first. Then I did three and a half years at one of the state’s largest bank. But by 2008, my feet had started to get itchy. My friends were all heading out to party on Bondi Beach. I decided to do something completely different. Read the rest of this interview here.

October 3rd, 2010. 5 Comments »

Move over Barry Egan, there’s a new sheriff in town

leigh arnold
Went along to The Panti Show with my sister tonight. Ingénue that I am, I’d never actually been to a drag performance before. It really is a bizarre form of entertainment. The girls come out and lip-sync along in perfect time to pop songs (which probably aren’t that difficult to get down), but also to four or five minute audio movie clips from films, television and even chat shows (which must be absolute torture.) Read the rest of this entry »

October 1st, 2010. 5 Comments »