Darragh O Sé wrote in yesterday’s Irish Times about a mystery concerning a huge inflatable Winnie the Pooh.
Here is his story: “A friend of mine has a business in Cork renting out bouncy castles and that kind of thing. A month ago, he was cleaning out the shed when he came across an inflatable Winnie The Pooh that had been sitting there for a while.
“He had no hope of getting any use out of it – the thing blew up to about 20 feet in height but then all you were left with was a 20-foot high Winnie The Pooh with a generator humming behind it and sure what good is that to anyone? So he stuck it up on DoneDeal.ieto see could he get any takers for it.
“In fairness, he had no confidence whatsoever about being able to get rid of it. But lo and behold, a fella rang him up and said he’d take it. Happy as he was to get it out the door, my friend didn’t ask any questions, just gave directions of where to come to pick it up. A day or two later, two boys landed down in a Hiace van delighted with themselves. They were from Donegal and Winnie was just the man they were looking for. Ever since, my friend has been keeping an eye out in the papers to see what they did with it. He hasn’t come across it yet but he’s fairly sure Winnie is wearing a green and gold jersey somewhere up there as we speak.”
Well, Darragh, the mystery is solved. Winnie’s new home is in Letterkenny, perched atop Pulse nightclub. Let’s hope the strong Donegal winds blow the Sam Maguire in Winnie’s direction on Sunday!