Jun 30 2008

Back To Kilkenny

Published by at 3:34 pm under Blog,Night Out

My hectic social schedule continued unabated this weekend. I had a day off work on Friday which helped in my recovery from Thursday night (Jay Z concert in the RDS and random blogger drinks). Or should that be Thursday morning? Andrew and myself, listening to 90’s tracks from some old Now! albums until four in the morning, clearly needed some time to recover.

Friday was a little less frenetic, but we did get to see Wanted. A very modern action thriller with Angelina Jolie, Morgan Freeman and James McEvoy, Wanted has a brilliant mix of original action and surprisingly effective acting, for a throw-away actioner. But, of course, like many Hollywood movies today, they aren’t pitching a one-off throw-away, they are sowing the seeds of a franchise. Personally, I loved the movie and, while there were plenty of questions that remained unanswered, the essential story played out perfectly to conclusion and I don’t really see how a sequel could add anything to the mix. For a fun, intelligent action movie, give Wanted a go.

Saturday saw us hit Kilkenny again (for the second time this month and the second time in my life). We seem to have fallen for the town. It’s big enough to lose yourself in it’s winding streets and ample bars, but small enough that the natives are pleasant and friendly and you can keep your feet firmly on the ground. From its funky hostel to its endless number of live venues, Kilkenny is a town that rivals Galway for a fun night out.

Apart from finally grabbing a few drinks with Mr Ken and Rossa (for the first time since meeting them at the Blog Awards), the main reason we were down was to see Devious Theatre‘s production of Trainspotting in the Watergate Theatre. I’ll try to post my review later today, but, in short, we were blown away – they staged an amazingly professional production, with solid acting, clever set use and perfectly utilised music. I would have gone down just to see the play alone.

After the show, we hit the infamous Cleere’s for a few beers, some cheers and there was no fear of it being too dear with four beers a mere score and furthermore we let out a roar as more was poured, which struck a chord and no one was bored. From there the night soared.

The ‘we’ of the piece was Lottie and I, Anthony, Mary, Andrew and Tanya, but we wasted very little time in adding to our group, recruiting from the cast of the play.

We left the bar and trekked to Ken’s house for a house party like no other. Every room in the place was crammed with cast, crew and friends. Music blared (strangely a lot of old 90’s tracks were heard first – perhaps Ken was on a similar 90’s nostalgic trip to myself and Andrew). We befriended Begby, from the play, also known as Niall (apparently pronounced Neil) and danced the night away. Niall’s air guitar skills are unparalleled.

I may have mentioned it before, but I really do love meeting new people – it borders on being a hobby. So many unique points of views and opinions on everything, so many differing personalities, so much variety in how people react to different situations. In the space of two minutes on Saturday night, I found myself going from head banging away with a few randomers to listening to one of the sweetest voices ever from the Maggie Gyllenhaal lookalike, Jess (a member of Devious Theatre Group) as she serenely played the piano at the back of the sitting room.

One of the sadder parts of my weekend: I broke my camera. I really loved that camera. ๐Ÿ™ But, I did manage to get a few nice photos of Tanya and Lottie before it broke:

Sadly, I managed to getย  similar picture of Andrew:

There's Something About Mary

We were still going at 7am 8am 8.30am before heading back into the city to get 45 minutes sleep. Although, we did manage to add to that 45 minutes when we went for food and hair of the dog…

10 responses so far

10 Responses to “Back To Kilkenny”

  1. Lottieon 30 Jun 2008 at 4:11 pm


  2. Darraghon 30 Jun 2008 at 4:13 pm

    My eyes, My eyes!!!

  3. Maryon 30 Jun 2008 at 5:43 pm

    It’s all about you, it’s all about you ….

  4. Joon 30 Jun 2008 at 6:47 pm

    Ha, nice post. I wish I was 26 and childless. You pain me!

    Nice booby pictures! There really do seem to be more man boobs around these days…

  5. Grannymaron 30 Jun 2008 at 6:54 pm

    Look at the sleeping beauties!

    Young folk nowadays can’t stick the pace! ๐Ÿ™„

  6. raptureponieson 30 Jun 2008 at 7:55 pm

    “After the show, we hit the infamous Cleereโ€™s for a few beers, some cheers and there was no fear of it being too dear with four beers a mere score and furthermore we let out a roar as more was poured, which struck a chord and no one was bored.”

    Quote from the post of the day ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. Andrewon 01 Jul 2008 at 1:24 am

    You complete and utter fucking bastard, I firmly stated that the picture of my superbly defined rock hard pecs was not to be featured. No more pictures of me on the internet anywhere, ever.

    You cunt.

  8. Ken, The Devious Oneon 01 Jul 2008 at 2:15 am

    You used ‘that’ picture of me from The Field?

    Only in the door now… 2:12am. Only the hardcore survive. Mind you, my home is a wreck.

    You do realise that the Hour Of Power only finished about 7:15am and you were taking pictures. It was slightly closer to the 8:30am/9:00am mark I reckon when you were leaving.

    But who’s counting!

    Sorry to hear about the camera though. Was looking back through all the photos earlier… some seriously dodgy ones from the weekend that can NEVER make the interweb.


    Let’s rock it out in the big smoke soon enough.

  9. peter doneganon 01 Jul 2008 at 4:28 pm


    even when you sleep… your still a poser!


  10. Darrenon 07 Jul 2008 at 4:06 pm

    @Lottie Yeah, baby!

    @Mary …it’s all about you, Antny!

    @Jo Ew, I try not to look.

    @GM We try, we really try!

    @RP ๐Ÿ™‚ Cheers!

    @Ken I likes that picture! Thanks again for a great weekend – returning the favour soon!!!

    @Peter Yes, yes I am! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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