One day a friend rang me and he said, “Will you bring a boat of mussels from Galway over to County Clare across the bay?” and I said “I will.”
He then said, “Will you also bring over a barrel of Guinness for the party that’s going on over here in Clare tonight?” and I said “I will.”
So we got half way across the bay when water started coming in over the stern, and sure enough we started sinking. We had to jettison something, so we decided we’d jettison the mussels, because of course you can always get mussels again in the morning, but the chances of getting a barrel of Guinness would be slim.
Willie Greene, fisherman and singer par excellence, cca. 2001