My worst Fear: Eva Creely

“Fear” being the Gaelic word for Man…….

My worst fear turned in fact out to be  my worst ‘Fear’. There I was in Matt Molloys all set for the Craic  agus  ceol.  The musicians were all tuning up for the seisuin in the back room . It was crowded so we sat just behind a partition across from the bar and there was my nemesis. Holding up the bar were two lads with pints in front of them. One of them had on a jacket that had Crew emblazoned on it. But the other fella well you could hardly see his jumper for the flowing beard . It looked like there was eating and drinking in it. I went to the bar to order a drink and that’s when it began. Beardie  leaned in close. ‘Are ye up for dancing ‘ he murmured. I ignored him but nothing daunted  he followed me  when I stood in the doorway of the back room to listen to the music. Another lean in. I used the elbow to some effect. He wandered off. And at least it was possible to  listen and tap the feet along with everyone else.. then a  young one hopped up and started  to step dance  although there was feic  all room for it. It was more of whirling Dervish than sean nos.  Then  in swept mister Crew jacket saying  sure you couldn’t leave a woman  to dance on her own and there he was shuffling alongside.  His feet rarely left the floor but unfortunately  the crowd cheered and clapped. ‘Don’t encourage him’  I thought. But that was it, as soon as her feet  hit the floor, and I mean hit the floor with her boots,  Crew was up and at it.

And beardie was in the wings leaning in using the crowding at the door to breathe Guinness  fumes down my neck. Retreat is sometimes the best strategy, so back to the bar I go  but the Craic is really beyond the partition. Especially when occasionally the musicians went quiet and others took the floor.  There was woman who said a monologue  on the joys of being old. For encore she told a joke. About a cat and a mother. Everyone already knew how it would go  apart from the two tourists sitting beside her . But she got great applause and even more when she hopped up with three others to dance the Kerry set. I don’t know how they managed it in the space between the tables . And the fellows involved were flying  and stamping with their feet in proper time. That will show  Mr Crew I thought.  He will hardly show himself up again. But nothing daunted  the Guinness gave him wings and within a few minutes he was back up with your wan not quite tripping the light fantastic.  Then I noticed beardie had left off haunting my shoulder.  He was weaving his unsteady way across the room. It was the way to the Gents. Good riddance I thought.  But then he stopped halfway. He smiled at the younger woman tourist and waved. She being polite rose to shake  his hand. He took and bowed low and kissed her hand. She didn’t know where to look. Welcome to the club sister I thought, now  you’ve met your worst ‘Fear’. .too.  She sat down quickly leaving him standing unsteady  on his feet. He eventually weaved his way to the Gents  and didn’t come back for a while . . It was a relief. But not for too long. Mr Crew was back up dancing when beardie returned  and this time he kissed the woman dancer. Crew and himself obviously  worked in pairs. Time to go i reckoned. When we left they were both still holding up the bar. They are probably  there still. My worst ‘Fear’ agus Mr Crew.


  1. Shea

    Fear not!

  2. Shea

    Bachelors are now a scourge in the country.
    Lisdoonvarna Bachelor Festival has not taken place for years
    due to Covid. Bachelors are prowling the country terrifying locals
    and tourists alike. Write to your local TD. They are giving Bachelors a bad name!
    Good story, creepily real.

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