I learned only yesterday of a great bit of craic being played out in Trim in the lead up to the Swift festival at the end of the month.
Basically its a pub debating competition. Each of the eight Trim pubs selects a team of three, each competitor then picks a statement out of a hat and has to talk for and against it for a set time. They are then judged on entertainment, balance and originality.
Matches are played home and away and I understand the slagging is mighty. Next rounds are on this week at Lenihans and The Steps (Wednesday) and Kielys and Marcies on Thursday. Matches are scheduled for 9.30pm
The idea is the brainchild of the flamboyant Paddy Smith of the Boyne Writers Group. What a brilliant way of harnessing that legendary wit found in public houses up and down the land!