With drink, there is ‘wisdom’…

Majorca, 2012

How wonderful to listen to an English man recite what was effectively a monologue for half an hour – meandering through such topics as how well “connected” he is in Northern Ireland, how he understands why Catholics fight back, how much Irish history he has read and how he has in-depth knowledge of, what he called “Your problems!” Believing himself to be on a roll with me as his captive audience, so close his breath is bouncing off my face, he continued on with his statements of how awful “You Catholics have it…” Eventually, I dropped that clanger that we are Church of Ireland to which he responded “Wow! I never even though there were Protestants in Ireland…”



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