Tommy Doyle, mid-sixties
Jimmy O’Leary, mid-sixties
Pub in Ireland.
As the evening sun goes down.
Two men sit at a table, coupla pints between em.
Jimmy Who found him?
Tommy Da Kelly widah. on da side of the road.
Jimmy Was he already gone already when she got to him?
Tommy Dead as a dodo.
Jimmy Tis Fierce Warm.
Tommy It’s Fierce Early. Ya?
Tommy I was going to mow the lawn today. Maybe I’ll just wait until it burns?
Jimmy Ders no sign or notice of Muldoon’s funeral. Are they incinerating him?
Jimmy Would ya be buried or burnt?
Jimmy Why’s tha?
Tommy What iffa we find hundreds of years from now, some advanced Alien race comes to Ireland ta resurrect those poor old souls whose lives were cut short too soon?
Jimmy How’ll they do tha?
Tommy Dunno? Der intelligence has to be far superior to ar’s.. My point is…iffing yar burnt, they have nothing to work with, do they now?
Jimmy Hundreds of years being buried? what’s left of ya to work with anyways?
Tommy Dunno? old bones mostly. Shar, they’re still pulling up dinosaurs bones n’ mummies from time to time.
Jimmy Dinosaurs? Ya fooking Eegit. Why is it them aliens haven’t resurrected the dinosaurs or mummies yet then?
Tommy Dunno? Perhaps they have a reason? Upsets the natural balance of things. Could happen. who knows wha’s out there? certainly something smarter.
Jimmy Well? Ol Muldoon wouldn’t be first choice to be bringin back now would he? He wouldn’t give ya da itch if he had twenty bags of it.
Tommy Ar ya goin to da mass.
Jimmy Shar, Shar.
Tommy Even wit da guitars?
Jimmy The day they let the guitar in the mass was a bitter day for us all.
Jimmy What was da name of da nun when we were lads?
Tommy Ehh? Sister?…eh…Sister? Sister……Placenta!
Jimmy Placenta? No you! Ya eegit. She had bad eyes. Wan lookin at ya, and wan lookin for ya. Use to fall asleep in class. Narcoleptic.
Tommy Was it Sister Innocenta?
Jimmy Innocenta…..That’s her!
Tommy I threw an eraser at her wan time when she went inta her trance. Tree months cleaning da blackboards as punishment. She had it in for me.
Jimmy They all had it in for yas.
Tommy A wild size of a woman. She couldn’t clap hands. She was that fat. Use to hit herself in da side a da face with her wan hand.
Jimmy I can smell the rain coming. Shame about Muldoon. Don’t like the idea he was alone.
Tommy Ah, Here. We all go dat way.
Jimmy On da side a da road?
Tommy Alone…..ya eegit.
Jimmy Will da brother be coming in for the funeral?
Tommy Doubtful? he’s in Iceland.
Jimmy Iceland Ya?
Tommy Got himself a job milking polar bears in Reykjavik.
Jimmy Hows tha?
Tommy For the zoo ya EE-git. He’s not doing it for kicks. He’s helping with the breeding of em.
Jimmy Wha?!? Breeding em?
Tommy Assisting….he’s not…..look…stop saying tha…….Jaysus!
Jimmy It’s none of me business wha he’s doin. I Just Hope he’s being careful?
Tommy Last time I saw Muldoon. He had a big ol hearing aid on. I’d swear it had a diesel engine on it. you’d want good hearing to hear through that fucker.
Jimmy His Maam and Da ar long since gone. is der any other family?
Tommy Sister named Sharon? awful tongue in her head. The family was blighted. Ahh Poor Ol Muldoon, He was a man you don’t meet everyday.
Jimmy Knew exactly how many grains in a bushel of wheat.
Tommy A well known agitator. Was proud to call him my friend.
Jimmy He couldn’t stand the sight of ya.
Tommy There’s the rain now. That’ll keep the dust down.
Jimmy It’ll be as wet as a duck’s foot soon.
Tommy Damp as an otters pocket.
Jimmy Passed a wild pile of wimman on da way over.
Tommy Wha’s that?
Jimmy Wimman I said. didn’t spare the varnish either. Had he been ill?
Jimmy Who? Muldoon!
Tommy Looked healthy to me, who can tell? feeling awright one minute, eternally resting on da side of da road da next.
Jimmy Aiye. until they come to collect ya.
Tommy ‘Tis awful, poor ol Muldoon. I’ll miss him.
Jimmy What about his former Missus?
Tommy Moved to Galway. Muldoon told me she blamed him for not getting her pregnant. never could accept that it was her that prevented them from having wee wans.
Tommy So? She left him. Fell in love with some professor fella, moved to Galway where they live today wit der 2 adopted children.
Jimmy ‘Tis Awful.
Tommy Destroyed him. takin to the drink fierce. Renouncing the church, after they found him to be at fault by the tribunal hearing da annulment.
Jimmy Wha? Is that all then?
Tommy It is.
Tommy You’ll remember? Ol Muldoon didn’t work t’all. 4-5 years ’twas. And him not on the dole? Fierce proud man. Wouldn’t accept any charity. His Mrs had enough of em. What, Wit da fertility issues and him not workin? provided just the out with da church allowing her to remarry.
Jimmy Poor Ol Muldoon.
Tommy Ah well? he got over it. was quite popular with the ladies for a time.
Jimmy Aiye Ol Muldoon…..find a clitoris in a haystack.
Tommy Not anymore.
Jimmy No, Never no more.
Tommy I’d like to find a clitoris. doesn’t have to be in a haystack either. have ya seen any about?
Jimmy I told yas, wild pack of em. headed this way. fix yer face princess.
Tommy I Wish he was here, I’ll miss him.
Jimmy Aiye, I will as well.
Tommy Poor ol Muldoon. Gave her everything he could for as long as he could. Til he had nothing left ta give her. right big sap, the sacred vows meant nothing. Sad, Never liked her.
Jimmy She felt da same way bout ya.
Tommy Wha’s tha?
Jimmy Sad I said.
Jimmy Well? best be gettin home then. Cowld as an eskimos arse out.
Tommy It’s as cowld as a ministers visit.
Jimmy Cowld as a trouts hole.
Tommy Cowld as a hoors heart.
Jimmy Goodnight to ya. Go right home ya squint.
Tommy Where else?
Jimmy Stay off da side of da road.
Tommy Words to live by.