Paddy Wishes Hilary Clinton Top of the Morning

Topping the Bill: The sculpture of former US President Bill Clinton in Ballybunion.  ©Photograph: John Reidy
Topping the Bill: The sculpture of former US President Bill Clinton in Ballybunion.  ©Photograph: John Reidy

A local man who spent nearly 20 years in America from 1979 is backing Mrs. Clinton to win tonight’s race to the White House.

Paddy O’Reilly, the well known entertainer, will sing you an Elvis Presley or Jim Reeves song at the drop of the proverbial hat or hint.

When it comes to American politics, and this presidential race in particular, Paddy nailed his Democratic Party colours to the pole a long time ago.

First Female

I checked in with him again this evening to see if he is still of the opinion that America is about to elect its first female president in its history.

“She’ll walk it. I’m after putting €100 on her two months ago and I’ll be collecting that tomorrow. I’m not even going to stay up for it – I’ll hear it in the morning and I know what I’ll be hearing now – I’m telling you.

“If I was over there I’d vote for her and I might even sing a song for her.

Trump that: No one will in Kilrush and his business interests there draw tourists on its own. ©Photograph: John Reidy
Trump that: No one will in Kilrush. His business interests there draw tourists on its own. ©Photograph: John Reidy

Dog Rough

“Trump hasn’t a clue about being a president – he’s dog rough and he never worked a day in his life in real politics over there.

“Wasn’t she nearly a president for eight years and didn’t she work out foreign for Obama as well,” said Paddy.

Paddy O’Reilly turned the 60 year milestone recently with a big old bash at the Half Barrel.

“That was a great night and I had all my family and friends around me and we all enjoyed ourselves. Isn’t that what life is all about – enjoying ourselves while we can.

“You can ring me in the morning if you like and tell me the result – but I’m telling it to you now,” said Paddy in conclusion.

Ballybunion and Kilrush

Ballybunion and Kilrush in North Kerry and West Clare respectively, will be particularly interested in the outcome of tonight’s count.

There’s a massive statue of former president Bill Clinton on a plinth in Ballybunion to mark his visit in 2001- when he played a round of golf there with former Tánaiste Dick Spring.

Meanwhile, across the Shannon in Kilrush there’s a signpost on a laden pole pointing to Donald Trump’s considerable business interests in the area.

During a summertime photographic tour of Munster I had a chat with locals at the famed Mrs. Crotty’s music pub in the seaside town. None of them would say a bad word about the American billionaire who had arrived in their midst with his wallet in his hand.

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