Thursday, April 19, 2012

Ireland - where trendy figures go to get killed by trains

What's going on in Ireland?

Over the last few days, there's been a brouhaha about Galway's plan to honor Ernesto "Che" Guevara with a monument (Guevara has Irish ancestry). While this has resulted in an expected outcry from countries such as the United States, the outcry has actually been a longstanding one, and there are those within Ireland who have opposed the plan.

[B]usinessman Declan Ganley described the plan as having the potential to “damage the reputation of Galway around the world”....

Businessman Declan Ganley criticised the decision to honour a man he describes as a “mass murderer” and said that it could “damage the reputation of Galway around the world.”

But while the Cuban exile community in Miami is probably content to stop there, I have to join with Keelan Foley in questioning a rail safety ad that is airing in Ireland.

I spotted this television ad last summer and haven’t stopped laughing since. I know this sounds odd seeing as I am talking about a rail safety advertisement. But If you watch it I’m sure you’ll be laughing for the next few mouths also.

But judge for yourself.

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