Festivalfit Af­ter an in­tense weekend of wit, wis­dom and wet whis­tles, Mark Gra­ham opts to take a gang­ster nap

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t’s no good try­ing to an­a­lyse a Kerryman, be­cause if you cor­ner a Kerryman, he’ll change his gait in or­der to gen­er­ate con­fu­sion. You’ve as much chance of get­ting a straight an­swer from a Kerryman as you have of gettin’ a goose egg from an Arc­tic tern.”

John B Keane knew his neigh­bours. Kerry folk don’t just have a won­der­fully earthy and en­gag­ing lilt, they’re ca­pa­ble of twist­ing and dis­tort­ing lan­guage into some­thing as con­found­ing as it can be com­fort­ing. Pos­si­bly the only place in the world where call­ing a fella a hoor is ac­tu­ally a com­pli­ment.

The Bal­ly­heige brand of hoorism can come in many dif­fer­ent flavours – cute hoors, con­trary hoors, almighty hoors, thun­derin’ hoors, fierce hoors, aw­ful hoors, thorny auld hoors and two-ended hoors. But it’s cre­ative and clever hoors who pop­u­late Lis­towel for the du­ra­tion of Writ­ers’ Week.

Other lit­er­ary fes­ti­vals can boast a more im­pres­sive line-up, but none of them comes close to cap­tur­ing the at­mos­phere, ca­ma­raderie and craic that flows so smoothly by the Feale.

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