Eoin Butler: writer, journalist and Mayoman of the Year

Tripping Along The Ledge

tripping along the ledge

Glenn Greenwald reads my blog

Look, I could try to contrive some clever ruse by which to casually drop this into the conversation. But we’d be here until Christmas. So I’ll come right out and say it. Glenn Greenwald linked to my blog yesterday. As T.S. Elliot once said, In your face, motherfuckers. Oh and Evan Dando? Consider yourself well and truly gazumped…

Catholic Mass: A Critical Analysis

Previously, I reviewed the Nitelink, Brendan Thompson getting his mickey caught in his zip and, of course, your ma. Those all took the piss. This on, the other hand, was written for the Irish Times. Therefore I’ve striven to make my opinions as boring and not insane as possible. The Vatican has, apparently, issued a whole load of guidelines about what a mass sermon should be.

Last Sunday, I was asked to head along to mass and offer up my verdict. I wasn’t hugely impressed with what I found. Read the rest of this entry »

And I’m outtahere…

Right, I’m off. We need some time apart. It’s not you, it’s me. Actually, I’ve been persuaded to do some real work for a change, so I’ll have to take a few days off from here. Needless to say, I’m motivated and relishing the challenge. But first, some tea and biscuits are in order…

Tripping Along the Ledge: Still Vertical After All These Year

birthday party
Tripping Along the Ledge is one today. Now personally, I don’t celebrate birthdays. I consider them kinda effeminate. But this my website’s birthday we’re talking about. And a one-year-old website is kinda like a child. And well, fuck it, I can’t think of anything else to write about today. (Shit, the anniversary isn’t even really until Sunday!)

So what the hell… Read the rest of this entry »

Into Each Life Some Rain Must Fall (1944)


Well okay… that might be a slight exaggeration. This is a stand-up comedy routine I performed at the International Comedy Club in Dublin earlier this month. It was filmed as part of a Vodafone marketing campaign, the point of which still kind of eludes me… but anyway. To paraphrase Blackadder, my routine starts badly, trails off a bit in the middle and the less said about the end the better. Read the rest of this entry »


bald, chubby, toothless
Came across this in the chemist the other day. Really thought I might be in with a shot… Read the rest of this entry »


wedliftTwo good friends of mine, who I’m very fond of, were married recently. (That’s not them in the picture, by the way – but it does, I think, convey something of the occasion.) At any rate, the groom emailed me a few weeks later looking for my new postal address. He and his wife, he said, wanted to thank me for my generous gift. No bother, I told him. They were very welcome. Read the rest of this entry »


A penguin walks into a bar, and says to the barman,
“My brother was in here earlier, have you seen him?”

The barman replies, “I don’t know.
What does he look like?”


Last time we did this competition, I really had just stumbled upon an image that morning by chance. This time, however, the picture has already been doing the rounds on the internet in the last few days. So if you’ve seen it already, you’re barred from entering.

First person to correctly guess who the groom in the above wedding snap is – or to offer a funnier incorrect answer – wins a very special, possibly non-existent prize. I’ll redact all correct answers until lunchtime, with the correct answer being announced at around 2pm-ish. Also, I’m on Newstalk with Tom Dunne from about half nine till ten o’clock tomorrow (Wednesday) morning, so if you know the answer please don’t post it while I’m on the air.

UPDATED: Congratulations to Adrian for correctly identifying our mystery celebrity as Independent Cllr. Luke “Ming” Flanagan. Your prize seems to have gotten lost in the mail, Adrian, but sure it’s the taking part that counts.

Incidentally, readers may remember our mystery celebrity from such films as… Part1Part2Part3 etc.