A few years ago,pre Covid, I was with some friends at a pub in Temple Bar. Ooohh, when I look back at those halcyon days of freedom and light. Before I had gone to the loo we were talking about our individual experiences with anxiety and depression. All of us had been tainted by both at some time or another and it was both liberating and sad to hear everyone’s experiences. Shame appeared to be a common trait among us. Even though awareness has heightened around mental health over the last many years, a pervading stigma remains.
When I returned the conversation revolved around an ‘Open Mic’ night. All the girls were excited and animated. I said to the girls ‘So who is this guy Mike and why is he so open with his feelings? Does it help people? ’. One of the girls looked at me and said ‘Seriously’, I said, ‘Yes, when will he be coming here? . They all started laughing their heads off, a few were crying as they thought I was taking the piss.
I can be fierce thick at times but this was an all-time low, even for me. I soon realized I got the wrong end of the stick. I went along with it and started laughing as well’. Another said, ‘Oh, it was your straight face and delivery, priceless’. I was asked if I would be reciting one of my poems. At this point I had noticed a poster outlining the details of the ‘Open Mic night’ and eventually the penny dropped. What a numpty eh? Needless to say, the night has not happened and may not for some time but I will be ready with my ‘Mic’ when it does. Who knows I may even meet a Mike who is open about his feelings?
That’s all for now.
Have a great day.
Having completed a full year blogging here are my favorite blogs from the last quarter.
- Morning furry cuddles, kisses and belly rubs. The best doggy daily alarm ever. http://adeleleahy.ie/doggy-daily-alarm/
- Besides Adele I think that Jennifer Lawrence has to be the funniest celebrity on the planet. She does not take herself or anyone else too seriously which is always so refreshing.
- Rockstars after they were famous was possibly one of my favorite blogs ever. Imagining joke jobs for current bands was never going to be a chore. Music, singers, songs and wordplay really float my boat. I unashamedly admit to being a bit of a nerd.
- Jimmy Carr and Johnny Vegas are a match made in heaven. Two comedy Gods extracting the urine from one another. What’s not to like?
- Without a doubt the best acceptance speech award ( if there was one) has to go to Spike Milligan for this. I also love the fact that on his gravestone he has written’ I told you I wasn’t well’.
- I embrace my crazy side. As I have gotten older hiding it has become too exhausting.
- Me and my ingenious ideas. And somebody beat me to it.
- Elton John is another refreshing celebrity that does not take himself too seriously which is evident from this clip.
- Finn has notions far greater than his little size.
Which just makes him cuter in my eyes.( I’m a poet and I don’t know it).
- Irish sayings- we have so many. Yet seem to use so few. Here are some of the best.
All the best
You couldn’t make this up. Or if you did you would be hung drawn and quartered for gross indecency. A Galway Bishop has placed a priest on indefinite leave following his posting of controversial videos on TikTok. Father King from Renmore in Galway was ordained in 2016 and was a parish priest of Gort in County Galway.
In the video he suggests playing Highway To Hell at a funeral mass whilst appearing topless and also discussing sex and alcohol. Other songs that he would have on his funeral Mass playlist are Queen’s Another one bites the dust, The Bee Gee Stayin alive and the dance hit You’ll never see me again. He forgot Always look on the bright side of life .
Another post shows a woman using a blow dryer between her legs alongside a video of the priest who asks her what she is doing.
‘I’m heating up your dinner’.
To which Fr.King replies ‘I’m hungry’.
All of this is shocking, disrespectful and upsetting. But like lots of things in life it is all about perspective. Prior to becoming a priest Father King had worked as a bouncer in nightclubs and bars in Galway. He had also spent time in Dubai before entering the priesthood.
Maybe I am wrong but perhaps his life prior to becoming a priest was a sign that the vocation was not for him? It’s like a porn star becoming a nun. I do believe we all deserve second chances in life to turn our lives around but this was too outrageous to not blog about it. I wonder what he will do next? Maybe an alternative Funeral Director?
All the best