Jonny Blair dressed as a Guinness pint

The Day I…Got Rugby Tackled While Dressed as a Pint of Guinness!!

First up – it’s St. Patrick’s Day today – Sunday 17th March 2013… so Happy St. Patrick’s Day everyone!!! It is an Irish Day of the year and is widely celebrated worldwide. I grew up in the town of Bangor, not too far away from where St. Patrick was buried in Downpatrick, Northern Ireland. Now Read more about The Day I…Got Rugby Tackled While Dressed as a Pint of Guinness!![…]

Jonny Blair at Heathlands Hotel Bournemouth England

Working Wednesdays: Barman at Heathlands Hotel, Bournemouth, England

I always enjoyed being a barman and indeed it’s the only job that I’ve actually done regularly. I think I counted that I have worked on 40 different bars over the years, if you’re reading there’s the slimmest ever chance that I once served you a beer. One of the jobs I always forget was Read more about Working Wednesdays: Barman at Heathlands Hotel, Bournemouth, England[…]

PJ Gallagher's Irish Pub Parramatta, AUSTRALIA

Working Wednesdays: PJ Gallagher’s Irish Pub , Parramatta, Australia

As long as I live I will never  forget the magic of working in PJ Gallaghers Irish Pub in Parramatta, Australia. It sparked a new lease of life for me and was also my first job while living in the land down under. Fate led me there and I highly recommend becoming a barman/waiter in Read more about Working Wednesdays: PJ Gallagher’s Irish Pub , Parramatta, Australia[…]

Backpacking in Australia: Sunset at Drummoyne, Sydney

The district or area of Drummoyne sounds so Northern Irish I was convinced it would be some kind of Irish quarter of Sydney. In fact it’s basically just a picturesque inner suburb of Sydney, nestled nicely by the Parramatta River. I had known about it for a brave while, since arriving in Sydney in October Read more about Backpacking in Australia: Sunset at Drummoyne, Sydney[…]

Working Wednesdays: Gallery Events at North Down Heritage Centre, Bangor, Northern Ireland

The only time I’ve ever worked in any sort of “museum” or, actually “heritage centre” was back in September and October 2001. I was employed by McMillens Bar & Restaurant at the time and they also did special wine and beer nights at the local heritage centre in Bangor, Northern Ireland. Bangor doesn’t have its Read more about Working Wednesdays: Gallery Events at North Down Heritage Centre, Bangor, Northern Ireland[…]

mcmillens bar in bangor

Working Wednesdays: Barman in McMillen’s Bar & Restaurant, Bangor, Northern Ireland

It wasn’t until 2001 that I first worked in a bar (probably by then I had spent enough time on the other side of the bar). I got the job through my good mate (at the time) Darren Latimer. I was employed mainly as a barman on the downstairs bar at McMillen’s Bar, Bangor. The Read more about Working Wednesdays: Barman in McMillen’s Bar & Restaurant, Bangor, Northern Ireland[…]