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.
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!