Barman in The Roadside
A welder by trade, Billy first came to Lisdoonvarna in 1988, but it took him a couple of years to finally become a full-fledged Lisdoonvarna resident. ‘I was here [in the Roadside Pub] on a break one day and I saw a sign: Barman wanted. It was 1990 and the rest is history.’
Inside tip or hidden gem to share with a visitor?
‘Lisdoonvarna is quite small but there is so much in it. It’s a base to go to other areas. You can go anywhere from out of here. There is freedom, there’s character. You can relax, let your hair down—if you have any!’
Favourite thing to do?
‘Being a part of sport. Organising events. I’ve brought the Ras Tailteann here four times and I’m involved with the GAA. The Ras Tailteann gives Lisdoonvarna a huge lift. It brings people to see how much is in the area.’
Dinner with anyone, living or dead,
who would it be?
‘Sean Kelly [former professional cyclist] off the top of my head. You could be digging all morning for a different answer, and come up with different people for different reasons.’
Always cheers you up?
‘A good laugh. A good slagging match or something like that. I suppose getting up in the morning and being able to move!’
Favourite place to go on a free afternoon?
‘You don’t have to go far around here. Lahinch for a walk along the Wild Atlantic Way. Maybe stop for a session of music in Lahinch. There is nothing better than getting away from the normal daily chores for a day and meeting people. There’s always someone new around to meet and have an interesting chat with.’
I can see a lot from the counter.
Some people need to slow down; I’ll keep someone talking so they slow down.