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'Even the word shag is degrading': The week in quotes

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


Supposing it was Shag A Black night or a Shag Somebody From Poland night. It’s a very thin line. Where do you stop? Even the word shag is degrading.

Father Lorcán Ó Searcaigh objected to a Shag a Ginger night in Donegal.

rural-crime-2 Source: Tim Sheerman-Chase

There’s some who’ll be sleeping with shotguns and the like, but that’s not the way to deal with it. The way to deal with it is to change the law, and let the gardaí deal with it; we don’t shoot people or deal with crime.

Farmer John Tully on rural crime.

Ireland Martin McGuinness Source: Associated Press

I never talk about shooting anybody but I do acknowledge I was a member of the IRA and as a member of the IRA I obviously engaged in fighting back against the British army.

Northern Ireland’s deputy first minister Martin McGuinness spoke about his time in the IRA.

Source: Video

We’re thinking of getting on to Enda and saying ‘Listen Taoiseach, this could go pear-shaped for you, because you’d have all these people going ‘Toy Show!’ and the turnout of the election would be about 3 to 6%, and then you’ll be goosed’.

Ryan Tubridy on the prospect of the Toy Show clashing with the general election.


I don’t think they care too much about ordinary people

Fianna Fáil’s Michael McGrath on Fine Gael.

Labour minister Aodhán O’Riordáin came under fight for this tweet.

download (2) Source: Associated Press

He got a hold of my head, and that’s what woke me up.

Stephen Vouch on being attacked by a bear while he slept.

download (3) Source: Associated Press

I was covered in blood, my shirt was covered in blood, I was wrapping and wiping – ‘it’s alright darling’ – and I was licking the baby’s face.

Brian Blessed on helping deliver a baby.

Source: Paddy Barry/YouTube

At its height, the sandwich was so ubiquitous that a song about it by comedian Pat Shortt was for six weeks the top song in Ireland, bumping Shakira’s “Hips Don’t Lie” off the charts.

A quote from a Washington Post article about the humble breakfast roll.

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