Hit & Run

Why Irish Eyes Aren't Smiling

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A grim-faced Ronan Lawless appeared on the Galway courthouse steps to announce the indefinite closure of his Fibber Magees pub

No, that's not the opening to some just-discovered short story that got cut from Dubliners (indeed, the latest James Joyce artifact is a wee bit saucier than that). It's from a news account detailing how the Galway pub that was at the heart of resistance to Ireland's smoking ban has shut down.

Read the whole thing here, put on your best Barry Fitzgerald, rifle through Ulysses (not such a bad book after all), drink a pint, don't have a smoke, and repeat. Indefinitely.

[Tip o' the hat to reader Jarod; may the road rise up to meet you…mumble, mumble]