In The Name of Arse

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Bono and the Edge of U2 performing at the “We Are One” inaugural celebration concert at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington yesterday. Addressing Mr Obama, Bono said: “What a thrill for four Irish boys from the northside of Dublin to honour you, sir.”

I have never been into U2, and am not entirely familiar with their biographies, but I understand that at least half of them are from northside ghetto hellhole Malahide, so to see them performing for the President-elect, well, the tears flowed like a toilet with a broken fill valve.

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12 Responses to “In The Name of Arse”


  1. 1 fustar January 20, 2009 at 10:04 am

    Oh man. I’m laughing out loud and feeling slightly sick at the same time.

  2. 2 Sinéad January 20, 2009 at 12:35 pm

    This also made me laugh, especially as he’s happy to throw his Irishness around, but not bothered to contribute to the economy by actually paying his bloody taxes here.

  3. 3 Hugh Green January 20, 2009 at 2:44 pm

    fústar: many congratulations on the beautiful Willow, man. Enjoy the quiet moments while you can, that’s all I can say.

    Sinéad: IIRC, he explained away his non-payment of taxes as a manifestation of his peculiarly Irish creativity.

  4. 4 Ruby January 20, 2009 at 4:08 pm

    U2? Creativity? An oxymoron if ever there was one. The Artist’s tax exemption here is one thing, moving most of your accounts to Holland is another.

  5. 5 Hugh Green January 20, 2009 at 4:32 pm

    Did I say creativity? I meant innovation.

    He said Ireland’s prosperity had been achieved through tax innovation and it would be churlish to criticise U2 for being innovative in relation to their tax affairs when that’s what people were encouraged to do and that’s what made the country prosperous.

    http://www.rte.ie/arts/2007/1116/bono.html

  6. 6 fustar January 21, 2009 at 9:21 am

    Thank, Hugh. I’m compiling various Wilow CDs for her mammy (and myself) to listen to while she’s still in hospital. “Northside ghetto hellhole” escapee Bono is conspicuous by his absence on any of ’em.

  7. 7 Seán Báite January 22, 2009 at 9:09 am

    Since when does mentioning you come from the Northside immediately infer you’re from a ‘ghetto hellhole’ ??
    Seems just a fairly parochial thing to say that would’ve left Obama, or almost any other Yank scratching their heads.
    George W would’ve gotten it though?

    Bono is actually from Northside Flesh-eating Zombie hellhole, Glasnevin – as I recall, not Malahide.
    Full of dead people, I believe it is..

  8. 8 Hugh Green January 22, 2009 at 9:29 am

    Since when does mentioning you come from the Northside immediately infer you’re from a ‘ghetto hellhole’ ??

    It’s a matter of context, of course, but especially when I’m the one doing the inferring. Besides, Malahide isn’t even the northside (but it is the hometown of U2 bassist Adam Clayton and The Edge, according to its Wikipedia entry). In fact, some of my best friends are northsiders, criticism of U2 doesn’t make you anti-Northsider even though we might accept that some criticism of U2 is anti-Northsider etc etc.

  9. 9 Seán Báite January 23, 2009 at 1:18 pm

    In fact, some of my best friends are northsiders
    Oo’er – bad week to choose to paraphrase the famous ‘Some of my best friends are negroes’ line…

    Besides, Malahide isn’t even the northside
    Have you driven out to it recently ? And seen the effects of the wonderful planning policy implemented in Dublin over the last 15 years… It’s not far off being linked to Darndale by an ill-conceived sprawl.. and it is virtually linked up to Swords by something similar. Our Green G-String.

    As to U2, not their greatest fan either – just pouncing like a famished pigeon on your inference.
    I think Conor did a post a few years back on DO that is along the same lines as your initial point – Gavin Friday (Bono’s best mucker and also from zombie-flesheating hellhole Glasnevin) slumming it around Ballymun with a Canadian TV crew. The most hilarious part is where the inevitable aul ‘wan at a 1st floor window doesn’t really recognise him – but has an inkling he might be Bono…

  10. 10 Hugh Green January 23, 2009 at 1:36 pm

    Oo’er – bad week to choose to paraphrase the famous ‘Some of my best friends are negroes’ line…

    I was being ironic, and reject your implication. In fact, some of my best friends are negroes.

  11. 11 Hugh Green January 23, 2009 at 2:12 pm

    As for Malahide being part of the Northside, the only part of Malahide I see with any regularity is the marina and the train station when I’m going through on the train. Though I did drive from Swords to Malahide train station along the Estuary Road a few months back and it seemed like Swords never ended and Malahide never began. But do you consider Swords Northside? I know lots of people from the Northside now live there, but I would have thought that the Northside ended well within the M50 for the most part.

  12. 12 Seán Báite January 23, 2009 at 6:12 pm

    The Northside now stretches as far as Dundalk….and….
    even…
    Navan…
    :-<
    Most of the people I grew up with (in Raheny) have ended up in all sorts of god-forsaken places between the M50 and the latter two – for the sin of being Northsiders, I suppose.


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