Bunclody (Irish: Bun Cloidi, meaning “bottom of the river Clody” is a small town on the River Slaney in Wexford, Ireland. It is a picturesque town near the foot of Mount Leinster and about 6 miles from Clonegal/Abbeydown.
The population of the town is about 2100 and yes they have a St. Patrick’s Day parade.
The town is also home to two turf accountants, one of which is associated with a pub. Talk about a dangerous partnership.
I recently spent some quality time at the pub and at the “accountant’s office” during the Cheltenham Festival.
The Cheltenham Festival is a meeting in the National Hunt racing calendar in the United Kingdom, with race prize money second only to the Grand National. It is an event where many of the best British and Irish trained horses race to an extent which is relatively rare during the rest of the season.
The festival takes place annually in March at Cheltenham Racecourse in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire.
Large amounts of money are gambled during Cheltenham Festival week, with hundreds of millions of pounds being bet over the four days. Cheltenham is often noted for its atmosphere, most notably the “Cheltenham roar”, which refers to the enormous amount of noise that the crowd generates as the starter raises the tape for the first race of the festival.
Unfortunately the “tips” I received from a past reliable source did not play out…but I might add my picking horses by their names worked quite nicely at the pub.
Oh ya the parade.
I can remember my first St. Patrick’s parade in South Boston. I pulled up to an open street parking space and two young kids, they couldn’t have been over 12 years old came up to the car and said “sir that will be $5.00 to park here” I said this is public street parking so bug off. They came back with “Mister, that’s OK but your car may not be here when you get back” I paid the little f**kers. They probably grew up working for Whitey.
Parking is at a premium in Bunclody but no one will hit you up for a fiver. The parade, you might say that there were a few tractors in it. I am sure that other parades in the area, there must have been 5 or 6 within 20 miles of each other, had a display of their finest tractors as well.
Ireland next match Scotland…will keep anyone that gives a shit about this tournament posted. In the meantime March madness has started and Providence and Harvard are both in.
Further up dates.
Ireland wins Six Nations beating Scotland 40 to 10.
Yeah, Yeah…everyone knows about PC, Harvard and Ireland …but , did you know how irritating Kenny Rogers can be at a poker table? or that Ickey Woods celebrates almost anything, including waiting in line at the deli for for cold cuts. The “Turf Accountants” in Bunclody were betting you did.