You’ve spent all your money, and have somehow acquired a fake ginger beard, a leprecaun hat and a Ireland flag. Even though you’re mum is actually half-Welsh and you’re dad is from Stoke.
The landlord has swapped the Daniel O’Donnell CD for that Christmas compilation with The Pogues version of Fairytale in New York on it. Only problem is, that one’s played out and he hasn’t bothered to turn it off. So you’re all listening to Mariah Carey’s All I Want For Christmas. Well, you’re trying too, but between the gleeful squeels of the hen party at the corner table, and the old bloke singing ‘Fields of Athenry’ and crying in the corner, you can’t make it out.
We couldn’t let the occasion pass without one more Irish based story, from our brothers from on the Emerald Isle. By way of Scotland and Coventry!
Celtic manager, Neil Lennon is preparing to sign Coventry keeper Keiren Westwood on a free this summer. Celtic currently have Newcastle loanee Fraser Forster between the sticks, but Lennon is keen to have something more permanent and thinks that the Irish international would be the perfect addition to the SPL giants.
For his part, Westwood is desperate to move onto a bigger stage and has apparently declined a contract offer from Coventry, so will be available for nothing at the end of the season.
Everton are also keeping tabs on the situation, as they plan to make a move for Preston North End goalie Andy Lonergan. If that falls through, they’re also planning a move for Westwood, whose low contract fee demands and good match experience make him a highly sought after commodity.
Celtic are also thought to be considering a move for another Irishman, in Shay Given, but the idea of actually paying money for the keeper is thought to have put Lennon off the move. Especially since he can get Westwood for a free!
And so, the sun sets on the greenest day of the year. The hen party has gone now. It’s just you, the landlord, the Jackson 5 version of Frosty the Snowman and the old bloke. He’s now moved onto ‘The Wild Rover.’ All together now!!
‘And it’s no nay never….no nay never no more….will I plaaaayyyyy the Wild Rover…no never, no more!!!’
Cead mille faite to ya all!! And may your mornings, always be at the top!!
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