“Even the front door wasn’t worth stealing,” Joe Warner reluctantly conceded Tuesday night, after being challenged about a crime free, ‘golden era’ of the past when ‘even the gurriers had manners’.
“I really don’t know why I ever started saying there had been one,” he said sheepishly, over a pint of Guinness in The Spailpín Fanach, “twas just something to get a conversation going?”
Further queries by 21-year-old Open University sociology student Beyoncé Mulligan, revealed that the main effect of claiming there had been one, was to advance equally false claims that “the whole country is swamped with immigrants”.
Mr. Warner lowered his voice as Polish barman Stefan ‘the wizard’ Wiśniewski, Spailpín United’s top scorer, came by collecting the empties. “Same again, Stefan,” he whispered respectfully, “whenever ye have a minute?”