“what rough beast, its hour come round at last, slouches towards Termonfeckin to be born?”

Well, there’s one for the record. Dermot Ahern quits ahead of the election (and it could be 28th December if Lowry and Healy stick to their rebellious murmurerings of last week). Who’d have thunk it? Well Brian Feeney for a start (H/T Kate!).

He may not have suggested Ahern would so spectacularly have quit the field, but he hinted darkly at his imminent defeat few others in the southern space thought likely.

Already the Twitterverse is waxing lyrical on the Gerry effect...So perhaps His Grace may have gotten it right after all…

In fact, the prime beneficiary of Ahern’s withdrawal is likely to be Fine Gael or Labour who are now contemplating running two in Louth… And there are others in Cowen’s cabinet looking decidedly itchy… Batt O’Keefe is thought to be looking particularly shaky…

The Big Mo is certainly running against Fianna Fail right now. But it’s still very difficult to discern who exactly it is running in favour of… Ireland has its own ‘kick the bums out’ election in the offing’. But the opposition should take warning from the US, where these retributive waves of public anger never come in singles…

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  • Itwas SammyMcNally whatdoneit


    Where is the headline from?

  • George

    It’s Yeats without the Termonfeckin reference of course.

    The Second Coming.

  • William Butler Yates

    sammy, you really aren’t that ignorant are you?

  • “So perhaps His Grace may have gotten it right after all…”

    Bless you, Mr Fealty. ;o)

  • Itwas SammyMcNally whatdoneit


    I should of course have known that..

    Have to show myself up further by wondering why Termo, given that the boul Dermot is from Dundalk – presumably just the Louth reference and is it such a lavish placename.

  • Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
    Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
    The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
    The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
    The best lack all conviction, while the worst
    Are full of passionate intensity.
    .. Yeats ‘Second Coming’

    Beware of passionate intensity, especially from parapoliticians 😉

  • fitzjameshorse1745

    Dustin the Turkey also sang about Termonfeckin …..”……I did a bit of nickin in Termonfeckin”.
    But Ahern certainly has looked increasing uncomfortable over past few weeks. Thta “fiction” line will haunt him.

  • Termonfeckin (Irish: Tearmann Feichín, meaning “Feichin’s refuge”)


    Termonfeckin is ‘peaceful and serene’ – not a place of refuge for feckin politicians 🙂

  • Mick Fealty

    Sammy, check the links!!!!

  • Jean Meslier

    Mick I absolutely love the way you glance over the fact that the potential political “Rumble in the Jungle” has ended before it started with Dermot exiting the stage with his tail between his legs with hardly a whimper. No doubt he will get his confidence back, engaging in fiery attacks from the sidelines on Adams, when an election approaches..

    BTW where does this quote come from?

    “..In fact, the prime beneficiary of Ahern’s withdrawal is likely to be Fine Gael or Labour who are now contemplating running two in Louth…”

  • Valenciano

    Research into my family tree showed Termonfeckin to be one of my ancestral homelands, though I much prefer the Mediterranean connections should I choose to return to one of them. Still at least I can say I’m a quarter Termonfecker. I always thought that Termonfeckin meant f*ckin rock though?

  • Itwas SammyMcNally whatdoneit


    went through the links in my normal thorough manner and no show for Termo.

    As one FF best perfromers I was wondering where Dermot had gotten to of late – himself and his namsake Bertram seemed to have lying low. If FF had a future then Dermot would certainly have been a contender and I would have been suprised if he had lost his seat.

  • You have got to be joking you and your other gangsters in the Dail have just plunged our country into the 5th world status ,none of the so called third world countries have debts as big as ours and I suppose you expect to walk away with a big send off and a fat pension I hope the Irish people in the next Dail will slash your pension down to the nation pension and hopefully you along with the other crooks that are now running for cover will have to every year, worry about paying you bills like the millions of people all around the country because of your incompetence and arrogance
    Get going and don’t come back I say!

  • Itwas SammyMcNally whatdoneit

    …other extravagant Louth place name is Hackballscross -but there is just something about Termo that does it for me.

  • Jean Meslier

    Maybe Dermo could retire there?

  • Mick Fealty

    The Gerry Effect?

  • Itwas SammyMcNally whatdoneit


    I thought it had picked up the line from Slugger – I was obvioulsy getting my knickers in a Twitter.

  • [aside]Sammy, here are some more Louth names for you: Adamstown, Babeswood, Bankerstown, Carrickalust, Crowmartin, Glaspistol, Gunstown, Hill of Rath, Lawlesstown, Petestown, Plaster (2), Tankardsrock, Tattyboys and Yellowbatter.

  • Greenflag

    Nevin ,

    Bankerstown needs a change of name methinks given the times that are in it 🙂

    These are surely townland names rather than the the names of villages or towns . I wonder if Adamstown and Petestown are anyway close to each other 😉 ?

  • Itwas SammyMcNally whatdoneit


    Some scorchers in there and some which sound remarkably modern.

  • They’re townland names, Greenflag, and you can locate them using Google maps. The seanruad dot com site is a good one to search for place names. Adamstown and Petestown are separated by Dundalk 🙂

  • Mick Fealty



  • Arty Renny

    Slightly off topic/county but next door in Meath there is a Muff Crescent as you go into Nobber.

    Ó Searcaigh should be on the ticket now too but i doubt the beard’s ego would allow it, if the local bookie’s poll of 37% for SF is to be believed.

  • Itwas SammyMcNally whatdoneit


    “next door in Meath there is a Muff Crescent as you go into Nobber.”

    Glad to hear none of the quare stuff is going on in Louth.

    “the local bookie’s poll of 37% for SF is to be believed”

    Betting on the % ? online bookies?

  • Mick Fealty

    One possible explanation is that O’Searcaigh’s profile’s is good enough in Dundalk but too poor in Drogheda to hold Morgan’s vote… with 20k votes in each place…