Monthly Archives: March 2018

The Rise and Fall of Cinderella’s Left Testicle now available to read in The Cabinet of Heed!


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Ah, my favourite band from early 90s Dublin. Would you believe, I actually played with Cinderella’s Left Testicle once when their drummer couldn’t make a gig in the Lower County Bar, because she had to collect her Nobel Prize for literature on that Saturday in Oslo. But, OMG, what a Saturday it turned out to be.  Great gig. I still have the drumsticks I used on the night…

Thank you Cabinet of Heed for handling my left testicle with such TLC! I’m scarlet. 😊 😊 😊 😊


Rik V

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Ballyer is 70! Book Coming! Stop the lights! The Flying Superhero Clothes Horse 2018!


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To celebrate and mark Ballyer’s 70th birthday, Ballyfermot Writers’ Group (their pen name being; The Flying Superhero Clothes Horse), have been working diligently away for the past six months on a book of songs, stories, poetry, art and flying superhero clothes horses. Our love letter to Ballyer.

The book cover & logo was designed by a Ballyfermot artist who goes by the name of Portraits and Stuff (

Ballyfermot writers' group logo - b n w (2)

Amazingly, we’ve managed the get six Ballyer legends to contribute new writing to our book; Finbar Furey (folk superstar), Joe Duffy (RTE broadcaster), Declan O’Rourke (singer/songwriter), Neville Thompson (best-selling novelist), Jimmy Murphy (Oscar nominated playwright) and Ken Larkin (writer and organiser of Ballyfermot’s Heritage Group). It also includes new writing from writer and comedian, Kevin Gildea, and lots of work from the members of Ballyfermot Writers’ Group.

We’re launching the book in Ballyfermot library on 23rd May 2018 from 6 pm where people will be able to pick up a copy.  All profits to The Simon Community.

What the hell is The Flying Superhero Clothes Horse? It was felt that the only thing that could ever hope to represent Ballyer in one image was a horse. So meet Howie B, on the cover, the horsetrepreneur; the flying superhero clothes horse himself. And the bent out of shape clothes hanger on his head? Well, that’s supposed to represent Ballyer’s ever burgeoning creativity. 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

Take it away Declan – Woncha?


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Rik V