Donal Sheehy and I catch up on old times
Donal Sheehy and I catch up on old times

One of my blog’s biggest fans is Donal Sheehy. Donal and I connected on Facebook a few years ago, which is just as well as I had lost contact with him decades ago. We were neighbours for a while, but never quite became good friends. We moved in different circles, as they say, even though we lived just a few houses apart.

Anyway, he lives in Australia now, firing barbs at me every time I post something on WordPress. He even had the temerity to correct my blog post recently. Unfortunately he was right!

Of course I told him to call on me whenever he stepped back to this side of the world. Which he did the week before last. I popped in to say hello a couple of days later and we arranged to meet again and have a chat.

Donal has a mischievous side, so when he suggested we go for afternoon tea I wasn’t sure if he was serious, but here’s the evidence as we tucked into a gorgeous concoction at Oriel House Hotel in Ballincollig. Too bad Donal is a vegetarian though because he could only eat a scone and some pastries, which meant more for me.

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Hard to believe it was 40 years since we last met but our conversation was very relaxed. In fact, back in the day I doubt we talked with such ease. Donal is just a year and a bit older than me and in our then new estate he was a minor God, full of wisdom about girls – as I discovered that was in my imagination!! We sent for a second pot of tea and finished off with a round of coffee before I took him home to meet my wife Trish.

Donal and I have changed a lot over the years, but I’m glad to see he still has a devilish sense of humour. Great to meet him and catch up on old times. I have no doubt he’s scanning this post to see if there are any mistakes and will fire off a pithy comment pretty soon. My only consolation is that he paid for the afternoon tea!

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