Although the conversation flows amiably for a long time, discussing this and that, Eddie Lenihan really comes alive when telling a story. After a period, he regales me with the one overleaf.

When he does, his voice takes on a new quality. There’s an authority to it that captivates. The intonation of his voice and the vernacular he uses, is in a way very comforting, reminding you of someone you knew intimately a long time ago.