Hide the Pill

Hide the Pill

Picture the bedlam. Christmas Eve 2011.  We'd just collected a new six week old Labrador pup called Potter.  In their collective enthusiasm the kids had taken him for a stroll by the beach and he'd fallen in to a big pool of ice cold water.  When he...

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I Can and I will….

Reilly was intrigued with psychology and was constantly exploring what it was that set peak-performers apart. He maintained that if you could get inside the head of an uber-performer you could go a long way to replicating that in your own life too. To this end he had...

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Why the Japs Bombed Bell Harbour

Why the Japs Bombed Bell Harbour

Reillys Dadó operated a thriving business out of Conamara in the forties. He supplied the four harbours of South Galway Bay - Kinvara; New Quay;  Bell Harbour; and Ballyvaughan - with turf from Conamara and returned laden down with the finest potatoes in the...

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The Power of Expectation

The Power of Expectation

Brendan Behan was well aware of the power of expectations. Once, upon arrival in Canada he was asked by a Custom Official as to what his purpose for visiting the country was. 'To drink Canada dry' was Behan's considered and honest reply. Reillys first visit to the...

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The Big Yellow Bastard

The Big Yellow Bastard

Neither Reilly nor his son would ever have bought the boat had they known what she was called. The English indulge their boats and cars like no other nation and no bride on her wedding night was ever lavished with such reverence as the man selling the boat when...

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The Microphone is Always On

The Microphone is Always On

Reilly loved nothing more than a good laugh and he maintained he couldn’t have scripted this one. The Mayor of Georgetown in Texas, Dale Ross, was chairing a meeting of the City Council when summoned, like many a good man before him, by a call of nature. As he...

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Meitheal. The Discipline of Execution

Meitheal. The Discipline of Execution

Reilly used often felt a tad sorry for Charles Mitchell as he solemnly delivered the evening weather forecast. Even as an innocent nine year old he was fully aware that it wasn't Mitchells fault that the prevailing weather conditions of the west of Ireland more often...

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Demise of the Slow Dance

Demise of the Slow Dance

Reilly was unequivocal that the single greatest loss of the twentieth century was the demise of the slow dance. It was as significant as the loss of the corn crake, the Nokia mobile phone and Harp lager. And he for one, was grateful he’d lived at a time when all three...

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Joey the Clown

Joey the Clown

A man visited his Doctor complaining of feeling stressed out, overwhelmed and at the end of his tether. ‘I’ve just the cure for you’ replied the Doctor, a caring, competent and compassionate man. ‘I prescribe you spend one full hour in the company of Joey the Clown at...

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