Vinny plays heroic role in a new Battle for Clontarf
As the canoe turned into Causeway Avenue on Monday afternoon, a torch tethered to its pointy bow, a voice called out from the far end of the dimly lit street. “Down here lads, quickly.”
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On closer inspection, one of the sand bags outside the last house on the right seemed to move, which was impossible. Perhaps it was a trick of the light.
The lead fireman, known to his mates in Kilbarrack Station, and the regulars in Foley’s pub, as Big Dave, didn’t scare easily. But he turned to his co canoeist, a shorter man, and whispered. “What do you make of that, Lar?”
As the paddles were rested inside the canoe, the two men stopped outside number 3 where several sand bags seemed to be wobbling about in the gathering gloom. They stared in silence.
One bag was the shape of a man’s head, the other a bent back, while a third was akin to a broad backside of considerable girth. Going underIn unison, the bags wobbled and turned. “About time you got here,” snapped Vinny Fitzpatrick. “My old man’s gaffe is at risk of going under, along with the other houses on my old street, and I need help. Now, get the lead out.”
Big Dave and Little Lar were used to taking control of emergency situations but coping with flood waters threatening to sweep Clontarf into the mouth of Dublin Bay wasn’t something they’d studied in the fire brigade manual.
“Ah Vinny, glad to see you’re ok,” said Big Dave. “Listen, we’ve orders to clear all houses in Causeway Avenue and everyone seems to have taken fli ugg boots clearance ght but you. You’re right in the way of the flooding and there’s another hour before high tide.”
Vinny stood upright, water sluicing into his wellington boots at knee height, and slanted his eyes. “I am well familiar with the times of the tides, thank you,” he said sharply.
“And,” he added in an escalating tone, “I know what has to be done to save these houses from Davy Jones’s Locker which, I think you’d agree, would be well received by those decent folk who live here. Seaside detritus”Now, are you with me? Or are you going to head off to some other s creek, with or without a paddle?”
Both Big Dave and Little Lar shrugged, and carefully slipped out of the canoe, which left them standing knee deep, or in Dave’s case, shin deep, in water now a swirl with plastic bottles, bits of cardboard, and other seaside detritus.