Others – Crashed Jaguar Excerpt


It’s no longer parked outside his abode

His nerves are shattered – he’s smoking a fag

He pines for his gleaming queen of the road

Cause she has crashed his brand new Jag


He still ponders was it all worth while

Should he shout and scold her?

On one hand she has a beautiful smile

On the other – she wrecked his motor!

Ode to Jack (at 80) Excerpt

Who do we know that’s handsome and charming

Yet, on raising his eyebrows can look quite alarming

Who alone can the World’s problems unravel

While he drives his Jag and scoffs at free-travel ?

Crowd reply: “JACK” !


Who tonight, at ninety two

Pretends that he’s eighty to me and you

Who feigns that he’s sick – and then starts to grouse

So Lisa can come running - and clean  up his house ?



I can see him now – he’s rubbing his belly

With thoughts of Formula One on his brand new telly

He’s going to get healthy and turn Vegetarian

So tell me, - who’s our favourite octogenarian ?



Yet who do we love and wish only well

Who’s our pal that we think is swell

Who is the auld fellow that we love the most

And to whom shall we raise our glasses for a special birthday toast?


Father of the Groom – Excerpt


Now David – the advice my dad gave me

Relates to women’s perception of time

When they say “ 10 minutes” - turn on the TV

Something lasting an hour should be fine!


And always remember the old adage

Never go to bed on a row

Sort it all out before you sleep

And forgive each other somehow


Penny, - keep smiling whatever you do -

And things will turn out fine

I know that David will take good care of you –

  • - Ladies & Gentlemen –

- A Toast -

- To My new daughter –

Penny Ryan ”

Mother’s Day excerpt


So there we go, let me just say

My love for you has no boundary

Do you mind if I pop round today

You’ve guessed it – I’ve got some laundry


You’re the best mom in the entire world

I drove you around the bend

But, as our story has slowly unfurled

You’re still my very best friend!

Ode to Johnny – Excerpt

Years passed, that’s the thing about life

Nothing’s easy – he broke up from his wife

Darkness set in – there was no growth

A difficult time – difficult for both.


Little by little he rejected being lonely

He finally met a girl called Morley

She appeared - as though sent from above

And Johnny O’ Brien fell deeply in love.


In April, under the New Zealand sky

They declared their love ‘till the day they’d die”

I got no invitation – don’t worry – it’s fine

Though I distinctly remember inviting you to mine!


Let us raise our glasses to this extraordinary man

And drink his health – while we still can

Long happy years of love, hard work and play

Johnny Old Pal – Happy Birthday!

Engagement Excerpt

Don’t get me wrong

I like her – I really do

But I’ll have to find a new drinking mate

And there’s none as good as you


Yet I’ve never seen you so happy

And that’s a very good sign

But the thought of changing a nappy

- I think I’ll stick with the wine!

“Owed” to Julie Excerpt


Mags took her off to France for the crack

When she left, she was sallow and fair

But when she came home she was blacker than black

All thanks to the New Vaseline Intensive Care


Our “stick insect” went through a “semi-goth” stage

She might have ended in jail

Drinking cider  was all the rage

In that haunted house behind Meadowvale


Mad into cars - she dreamt of the day

When she could buy a Mc Laren

She’d also buy, I hasten to say –

A clapped out Mini - for her sisters Eimear and Karen.


Her mom looks down on this night

So proud of the girl that she made

She’ll always be in you and her special light

Will never ever fade.

Graduation Excerpt


You threw your hat in the air

And looked at me and smiled

And I began to stare

At my grown up little child


You worked so hard to get this

And now, as the Quad bell rings

Your mom and I are filled with bliss

As we watch you spread your wings

Just because Excerpt


Nothing special, nothing to cheer

I just thought of you and smiled

And what is it that makes you so dear?

We’ve been friends since I was a child


You’ve been there for all my times of woe

Quietly waiting on the side

Always the first one to whom I would go

When I swam against the tide

New Baby Excerpt


It’s such an incredible time -

This tiny little thing

A gift from God, so sublime

And all the joy she’ll bring


She will have the very best

But not just worldly things

For, one day, she’ll fly the nest

Because you both gave her the wings.