Old MacConnell's Almanack: what’s happening in 2011


There will be a major food poisoning scare on June 15 which will eventually be traced back to the chowder served in a well-known Wicklow restaurant on the previous evening.

My almanack will be very specific in this fashion throughout. It will be worth its weight in gold.

Speaking of which metal reminds me of a gold robbery in Cork on the night of July 11. It will prove to have been the work of a crack London gang.

On the sporting front, the Grand National in Aintree will be won by an Irish horse bearing the name of one of our greatest patriots. And the weight of Ruby Walsh, the great jockey.

Cork will win the hurling All-Ireland with ease. Kilkenny will disappoint on their quest for redemption.
Kerry, quite incredibly, will not even win the Munster football crown and will be beaten (probably by Westmeath I think) in the second round of the qualifiers.

An Irish boxer will win a world title at one of the lower weights.

A new Irish pop band will top the charts with a song called "Beating the Recession."

A Catholic bishop will appear in court on August 22 on charges related to financial affairs in his diocese.
Check these predictions out during the next eight or nine months and you will clearly see that Old MacConnell's Almanack will be a must-buy volume about this time next year. It will be costly, but it will be well worth the money.

In the meantime, to all of you, Happy New Year!