LOCKDOWN LAMENT FROM THE LADS AND LASSES IN DONEGAL

A Pint of Plain is Your Only Man, also known as The Workmans Friend, is a humorous poem written by Brian O’Nolan, who was once the craftsman of An Irishman’s Diary in the Irish Times.

The theme is that whenever things are going badly in your life, whether it be work, money or relationship problems, a pint of beer will always make things seem better.

A Pint of Plain is Your Only Man

When things go wrong and will not come right,
Though you do the best you can,
When life looks black as the hour of night –
A pint of plain is your only man.

When money’s tight and hard to get
And your horse has also ran,
When all you have is a heap of debt –
A pint of plain is your only man.

When health is bad and your heart feels strange,
And your face is pale and wan,
When doctors say you need a change,
A pint of plain is your only man

The stuff that dreams are made of. A pub that’s open when others are shut and a pint of Guinness on the table at Peadar O’Donnell’s public house in Derry. The top picture is of me with the lovely Maire from Beedi’s in Dungloe and my brother-in-law, Rodger Scullion.

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