… you can’t make this shit up.
When arriving at Dublin Airport last month I had a bit of a fall down the escalator. I have a bad back to begin with and I wasn’t sure if the fall or the Irish weather made it worse.
… the weather in Ireland … you ask … well, I could do the forecasting here … at the end of the news each evening I would show a few pictures sent in by viewers around the country, wish happy birthday to several others and then give the forecast … my forecast would go something like this “it’s fucking drizzly and very fucking overcast … only ten fucking minutes ago it was fucking sunny! I suppose in another ten fucking minutes it’ll be fucking torrential fucking monsoon type fucking rain … followed shortly thereafter by fucking Hurricane fucking Biddy and a fucking asteroid shower! For fuck sake this is Gawdawful!.. in summary … it’s going to rain all fucking week.”
One of the guys that helped me up when I fell was on the same flight. We got to talking about bad backs and remedies. He told me that, a few years ago, he went to this guy in Myshel called the “Bone Setter” and he “straightened” him out.
Well my back has gotten worse and I found out through family that apparently the whole country knows about the “Setter” and his late horse Danoli.
Danoli, was owned by Dan O’Neill and his daughter Olive and was one of the most popular and successful racehorses in Ireland.
Danoli captured hearts and won admiration for the bravery he showed in sealing big-race successes at Cheltenham and Aintree. He was trained by Tom Foley at Aughabeg Stables Bagenalstown and won 17 of his 32 career starts with one outstanding performance being his Sun Alliance Hurdle at Cheltenham in 1994. Danoli died in April of 2006.
A retired farmer, Dan O’Neill treats animals and humans, without medical qualifications of any kind, out of a side room in Hollybrook House.
“It is a gift from God and it’s been in my family for 400 years,” he later told me. The renowned bone setter whose farmyard in Myshel, Co Carlow, sees men, women, children, horses, cats, dogs, cows and sheep all lining up to take their turn at healing the old-fashioned way.
“I started in 1960 when a neighbour, who had been treated by my late uncle, insisted I try putting his bone back in place. I did and people have been coming to me ever since. They come from all over Ireland and abroad. I see 20 to 50 people a day and lots of animals and it’s on a first come, first served basis.”
I got there early and and was left waiting with a sheep and two ducks. I was not aware that one must pull a ticket in order to reserve time with Mr. O’Neill, so the ducks went first.
My brother in law told me to ask about Danoli, I did, and for the next 15 minutes Dan talked about his late horse and how much the people of Ireland loved him. Perhaps this discussion was to set me at ease.
He put me through a few bends and twists and told me to rub hot olive oil on the area for about 15 minutes a night. Last night was my first.
I can only hope that it works for me and my new best friends … Blackie, Web, Quackers …
I made up the part about the sheep and ducks … it was just a pig … and his name was Herman.