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'I couldn't go out without getting spiders in my beard': The week in quotes

Here’s who said what and what was said this week.

IT WAS A week when we heard more from behind-the-scenes of the bank guarantee, husbands were told to lock up their wives, and a bull broke his penis.

Oh, and Ireland legalised same-sex marriage.

All that, and more, it’s the week in quotes:

125th founding of the GAA Source: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland

We really had no idea about how this was going to go.

Former Central Bank governor John Hurley on the bank guarantee.

Blake O'Donnell one of his adult children Source: Photocall Ireland

Banks are there to make money, they’re not there to go off on vendettas against individuals.

Blake O’Donnell, the oldest son of Brian and Mary-Patricia, on legal action by Bank of Ireland over the family’s mansion in south Dublin.

bruce-arnold Source: Eamonn Farrell/Photocall Ireland

Homosexuality was never a crime in Ireland. Homosexual acts were, and through David Norris’s work with Mary Robinson in Europe the edict was really created that made the government here reluctantly, and with disagreement, decriminalise homosexual acts.

Journalist Bruce Arnold spoke about homosexuality.


There is still such a taboo about talking about it. No one wants to talk about their bowel movements or habits, but at the end of the day, some people are suffering in silence, as they are too embarrassed to speak out about what they are going through. Some people won’t even go to their own doctor.

Alison Kelly (right), a Limerick woman who has been living with Crohn’s Disease for the last nine years.

Russia Chechnya Source: Musa Sadulayev/AP/Press Association Images

Lock them in, do not let them go out, then they will not post anything.

Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov told men to lock up their wives and stop them from using WhatsApp.

Source: BeLonG To Youth Services/YouTube

The only children affected by this referendum will be Ireland’s gay children. It is their future which is at stake. It is in our hands.

Former President Mary McAleese on the same-sex marriage referendum.

1623560_10153008627208378_1293612796523872189_n Source: Facebook

She lit up everyone’s lives.

Elga, mother of Ana Hick, speaking at her daughter’s funeral.

In Praise of Priests special DVD launch Source: Mark Stedman/Photocall Ireland

People have to make their own mature decision, be it yes or be it no. I would hate for people to be voting no for bad reasons, for bigoted reasons, for nasty reasons, for bullying reasons.

The Bishop of Derry Donal McKeown on how he thinks people should vote.

The President of the United States finally opened a Twitter account.

I was annoyed because… you couldn’t go out without getting spider webs on you. And I’ve got a beard as well, so they kept getting in my beard.

Ian Watson, a resident of the Australian town where it rained tiny spiders.

bull-broken-penis-2 Source: Tony Webster via Flickr/Creative Commons

I don’t know exactly what happened, but he was probably over-enthusiastic in his few days out.

Clonakilty farmer Tommy Moyles told the Farmer’s Journal how his prize bull suffered a ‘broken’ penis.

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