Bailed Out! in Dun Laoghaire

Just been to see Bailed Out!, the new play from Colin Murphy and Fishamble, which ends its run at the Pavilion in Dun Laoghaire on Sunday. It may go around the country later on.

Well worth a visit, and a break from the rugby.

19 replies on “Bailed Out! in Dun Laoghaire”

Does the play deal with the aftermath, ie the return of the Irish economy to super-growth? Or does it terminate in 2010/11, leaving the tearful audience believing that the Irish economy would face total and ruinous collapse by mid-decade, which was the consensus view of the cognoscenti at the time? If the latter, it would be a bit like a play on the England v Wales rugby match that terminated with England 10 points up and sweeping the humiliated Welsh team aside.

“The rugby” and everything that goes with it is a big part of the problem here.

I move that we ban from any position of responsibility anyone who played rugby at any time.

In the interests of equality, why not “ban from any position of responsibility anyone who played” any sport and/or continues to do so?


….or does it deal with the SUPER health system left in the wake of crash, the SUPER competence of our previous and current governments that has led us on the SUPER journey, the SUPER taxes we pay to offset the SUPER debt servicing we undertake that means there is SUPER underinvestment in infrastructure and education for almost a decade now or the SUPER valve of emigration our SUPER citizenry released themselves through so the rest of us might just about survive OR does it, as you hope….latch itself entirely on to the SUPER statistical export led growth we are seeing off the back of a SUPER weak euro that ought to lead us all to believe that everything is just well….GREAT.


I have to pre-record my shows on Rugby International weekends since guests refuse to come in as they are watching the rugby. I resent the mainstreaming of this sport which should remain niche as far as I’m concerned. Of course, it also reveals the class and preferences of the political/media/academic cohort we rely upon for contributors.

Haven’t seen the play so can’t comment on it.

The last one was very good and probably gained from the stripped down production. Not at all sure about the value of the ‘Q & A’ at the end though – might even have had the effect of heading off the formulation of fresh opinions formed purely from the production (which presumably was much of the point) among the audience , via the ‘opinion former’ effect. It was a well researched script and the problem with ‘panels’ is that those who can hold their own often just trot out their familiar lines (nothging new there) and those who can’t don’t really add anything.

@Sarah, maybe that’s an indication the cohort of knowledgeable commentators news and current affairs media have become accustommed to rely on in Ireland is rather limited.

@Donal, I think Ernie’s point is that many people believe enthusiasm for rugby to be (i) a subtle way of saying “I went to a private school, am a decent sort with a conservative mindset, and network with similar people”, (ii) that in Dublin such people arer given access to some sort of insde track, and (iii) that sub-optimal outcomes for the economy have occurred as a result. Whether he is right or wrong, it is reasonably widely held belief outside South County Dublin.

There are probably people somewhere who think GAA connections have had an impact on the planning process around the country, or something.

It is not surprising that the socialists on here are against the RWC. All competitive sport is against the tenets of socialism since (a) there are winners and losers (b) teams are organised in accordance with the binary theory of gender, belief in which is now one of the greatest crimes against progressive thought. In a truly socialist society, referees would be directed to skew their decisions to ensure that all matches ended in equality of outcome between the participants and all teams would be selected from across the gender spectrum.

@Colm McCarthy

Get your act together.

It is imperative that a case be taken to the ECJ if the Irish Citizenry is to regain its self-respect. An Austrian student has demonstrated what is possible. Mad Oul Jozie is playing a blinder on the Brehon Law front.

Forget the politicos; they are mostly bought.

Do the state some service; take tea with Blind Biddy and we will take the b@stards on.

Otherwise it becomes normative for the Hibernian Citizenry to be scr€wed.

From the posts I’m reading to respond to you, Colm McCarthy, it seems people object to your typecasting of economic political thought with the sport of ruby. I like rugby, I watch this rugby world cup when I can, but I’m not connected to anyone through it. I tend to just watch it on TV, although I might go out for the Ireland France game. But I’m as off-topic as you now buddy. There’s no need to link rugby with economic thought.

@Sarah Carey

“..I resent the mainstreaming of this sport which should remain niche as far as I’m concerned…”

You might explain precisely why this or any sport should remain niche. Presumably the Antiques Roadshow is more compelling viewing on a sunday afternoon. I don’t understand your logic.


I am undecided whether economics represents a junior 4c rugby game or a junior hurling game in a non hurling county uch as Wexford. There is little skill involved, most of the practitioners are past it and should retire. There is a lot of aimless scrabbling in the mud, running up and down to no effect and in the end there is more settling of scores rather than scoring of points.


I think sports should be on at the end of the news for a minute, and Saturday or Sunday afternoons for all-Irelands and perhaps the semi’s. Instead it has (through marketing – its an economics thing) come to dominate the media to the point where it’s not something men take an interest in after work, but a constant mainstream time and space occupying event. It used to be sufficient to shout for your county during Championship season and your country on the rare occasion we won anything (Ole!) but now it’s CONSTANT and even women 😉 are expected to be able to converse about a wide variety of sports AS IF IT MATTERED. And as if the nobility attached to PLAYING sports is earned simply by watching it, on a telly, on Tuesday nights and Wednesday nights, and all weekend, and all the golf opens, and horse racing (I mean, if you’re not betting on a horse at Cheltenham WHAT’S WRONG WITH YOU) and as for F1 PLEASE/ cars going around and around? and I’m sorry. Rugby is a good sport, but you know it’s not a widespread country sport. It’s a posh boy sport. And it’s getting very dangerous with them all going around built like tanks and no son of mine will play it.
Hockey, there’s a grand sport. Gentlemanly and understated and no fuss and grandiosity. And only the odd injury if you put your head in the wrong place.
As for cycling, with ye going around in packs on Sunday blocking up the roads in that ridiculous gear instead of lazing in bed. Or out golfing. What happened to golf? The men could do their bonding and blabbing in awful clothes out of sight of the rest of us.
And all of it, even GAA, which really is noble, all about the money money money.
I’m going to set up a radio station which guarantees NEVER to have sport on it.

Right, got that off my chest!

As for compelling viewing on Sunday afternoons, you really can’t beat Pride and Prejudice. Or a good Agatha Christie. Something soothing to the nerves.

Now that our esteemed Taoiseach appears to have fluffed the one line which was entirely his own, with the result that there is now certainty that there will be no election until the spring, Hibernia can breath a little easier. A campaign against the background of a bust-up on the subject matter of the sustainability of the debt of one of the bailout countries would not have been the most timely.

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