Dublin Advice: Keep Off the Grass

July 11, 2010 on 3:25 pm by Michael Grey | In Humour, Photographs | 4 Comments

I had the good luck to be in Dublin for a couple of days in January. Great place. Loved it. Wished I’d more time. Anyway.

I walked to Trinity College for a long-awaited [a lifetime wait] look at the Book of Kells — and it turned out to be a highlight.

All that aside, I happend to take a pic of guys sorting out the grounds – I guess we’d call them groundskeepers. Or maybe this guy dropped a penny? Anyway, I thought you’d enjoy this:



  1. It’s a shame that you never learned how to read Irish Michael. If you had, you would know that the sign reads: “PLEASE KEEP OFF THE PLAYING FIELDS unless you can Moonwalk, in which case on you go.” Still a good picture, but there’s no mystery about this fellow’s activity.

    Were you as disappointing as I was to discover that the Book of Kells was just a pictographic biography of St. Eoin the Tumshie, and that St. Eoin was never actually a saint, but just a bog digger whom, after damaging his brain in a lime burning accident, claimed to have chased the snakes out of Ireland? It was, however, interesting to learn about how St. Eoin’s story got mixed up with the story of St. Patrick the Drunkard (whose only encounter with snakes was that he once tried to make wine from a garter snake, having mistook it for a grape worm, and having also mistakenly inferred grape worms were made of grapes), but one wonders whether so much time would have been spent on all those fiddly squiggles if the illustrators of the Book had realized that Patrick and Eoin were different people. I suppose we’ll never know for sure, but I’d bet that the first printing of the Book was a much less elaborate affair. I doubt it would have been so quickly sacrificed during the Great Bog Roll Shortage of 1838 if it was as fancy a thing as the replacement Book, currently on display…although, it is ironic that the first copy met the end it did, given Eoin’s occupation, and all…

    Comment by jamsie an t-sealgair — July 12, 2010 #

  2. Jamsie – you win the photo caption prize contest by a mile (my Bobby Hull autographed sheepskin bag).

    St. Eoin the Tumshie was comical
    He viewed the Kells book with a monocle
    The squiggles seemed fiddly
    More in line with Bow’s Diddly
    The glass case seemed especially ironical

    Keep those cards and letters coming! M.

    Comment by Michael Grey — July 12, 2010 #

  3. You’re a maestro AND a poet Michael. Truly inspired.

    Comment by jamsie an t-sealgair — July 13, 2010 #

  4. Truly a tumshie!

    Comment by Michael Grey — July 13, 2010 #

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