Where? Keane’s Pub and the Mount Falcon Hotel and Country Lodge, Ballina, Co Mayo (above).
When? July after the opening of a medical practice in Belmullet.
Alone? He started drinking at 4.30pm in Keane’s with Dara Calleary, Fianna Fail junior minister, and went on to a private room in the hotel with some “cronies”. Before retiring at 5am.
Alcohol? The three horsemen: Guinness, whiskey, wine.
Did he sing? Yes
Shirt unbuttoned? To just above his belly.
Cigarettes? Smoked inside all night. Eventually he was “asked” to stop.
Did he go to bed unaided? Two members* of staff had to “link him with both arms to lift him up the stairs to his room”.
Was that difficult? “He’s a big man…hard to lift.”.
That room More of a suite. In fact this suite.
Sun Headline? ‘He Was Out Of His Brian’
Oh? He advised Cowen (when Finance Minister) to invest €300,000 in an ill-fated student apartment block in Leeds. The €12.1 million deal (funded by AIB) was orchestrated by Hunston’s company, Carr Mills Propert Development Limited.
Not a great advisor then. Well he once persuaded an Irish nurse to spend her €60,000 inheritance on a couple of aparments in Darlington.
Made himself and the owner a packet I guess? He was also the owner.
Did the nurse know this? No
All fairly irrelevant but quite interesting. thank you You’re most welcome
* Some are saying it took four people. (see comments)