A Kerry man has claimed that he resigned from his Dublin bar job after being “taunted” with degrading remarks about his ‘cultural’ rural origins. Or “Culchie” for short.
Caherciveen-born Seamus O’Ceatharlach says that he was sent work emails with pictures of the late Jackie Healy-Rae dressed as sheep with the subject matter ‘you’.
The 32-year-old ex-sheep farmer, who has lived in Dublin since 2002, also claims that the song “Cotton-Eyed Joe” was played whenever he started work and that he was called ‘bog-warrior’ by colleagues and customers alike. ““Hoy, culchie, ‘nother point of plain pleazz” they’d say”
He claims he was eventually forced to quit his job as a result of the alleged bullying at the popular Baggot-Street bar (cannot be named for legal reasons, but we can reveal that it rhymes with ‘Boners’).
Mr. O’Ceatharlach made the allegations on Joe Duffy’s RTE Radio 1 show saying: “For chrisht’s sake Joe, I was only tryin ta make a few bob like.”
He also alleged that other non-Dublin employees at the bar were subject to racial abuse.
“Oh twasn’t just me Joe. One poor lad from Offaly accidentally wore his wellies into work, and all hell broke loose with the slaggin’. “Gwan ya big hairy cooolchie ya” they said Joe. The poor young fella was mortified. Twas milkin time back home ya see. Old habits and all that”
The Kingdom native claims that by the time he “jacked it in” he was on medically-prescribed potcheen and was afraid to go to work for fear of having the “piss ripped outta” him.
He told The Potato:
“Never did I think that my accent and the parking of my Massey Ferguson in the bar’s designated loading bay would be used as abuse against me. I find it disgustin that a lad from the country with a broad knowledge of the mating habits of sheep could be persecuted for calling “tea” tay or for having an uppy-downey walk.”
In a statement released by the bar, they said “Hahahahahaha, you’re serious? The muck savage should’ve ben glad of a job. Plus he was constantly trying to sell his ‘green diesel’ onto our customers.”
The south Kerry (and self-confessed Paul Galvin fan) alleged victim finished by adding, “The auld fella was right, I shoulda joined the feckin Guards”