Driven out of the pubs, and even the betting offices, by the smoking ban, for home entertainment they then have to endure the bloody Afternoon Show on RTE, all that bullshit about cookery and clothes and celebrity gossip, when all they want is an ould song from Johnny McEvoy. From the moment that the poor ould fellas had their first outing in the TV column, there seemed to be this instant recognition. I was, as they say, inundated with messages of support. To an extent I shared this recognition, because the more I wrote about the poor ould fellas, the more I saw them all around me, this tribe of men who had been largely invisible to me until then. I see them now all the time, as distinctive as the members of any tribe, with their own customs and rituals and even their own tribal costume. They have always been iconic figures, in the black suit and the flat cap, but the poor ould fellas are also figures of great poignancy, now that the world has passed them by. And nobody gives a damn. There is no other group in this society which has had its way of life so completely destroyed, without a murmur of complaint. And the response from readers suggested that a lot of people could relate to the plight of poor ould fellas -- at times I would wonder if every male over the age of 15 was actually identifying completely with the poor ould fellas, at least subconsciously. I spoke to my editor Willie Kealy about the possibility of making the Poor Ould Fellas a weekly column, but eventually we agreed that it worked best as an occasional feature, which would emerge from some event which had had particularly savage resonances for the poor ould fellas. Unbeknownst to me, my friend the comedy writer Arthur Mathews had been following the Poor Ould Fellas articles with interest, and he sent me these sublime drawings of various poor ould fellas at work, rest and play, which encouraged me greatly. --by the author
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Book Description Hodder Headline Ireland, 2008. Paperback. Book Condition: Brand New. 208 pages. 7.80x5.08x0.51 inches. In Stock. Bookseller Inventory # zk0340979186
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