The Workman’s Friend – Brian O’Nolan

The Workman’s Friend was written by Brian O’Nolan.

Top quotes by Brian O’Nolan
Ireland’s 100 favourite poems

He wrote about the Irish love of humour and craic. He wrote under two pen names – Flann O’Brien and also Myles na gCopaleen.

This poem “The Workman’s Friend” (sometimes known as A Pint of Plain) remains popular.
Image copyright Ireland Calling

The Workman’s Friend

Flann O’Brien (Brian O’Nolan)

When things go wrong and will not come right,
Though you do the best you can,
When life looks black as the hour of night –
A pint of plain is your only man.

When money’s tight and hard to get
And your horse has also ran,
When all you have is a heap of debt –
A pint of plain is your only man.

When health is bad and your heart feels strange,
And your face is pale and wan,
When doctors say you need a change,
A pint of plain is your only man.

When food is scarce and your larder bare
And no rashers grease your pan,
When hunger grows as your meals are rare –
A pint of plain is your only man.

In time of trouble and lousey strife,
You have still got a darlint plan
You still can turn to a brighter life –
A pint of plain is your only man.

Image copyright Ireland Calling
Workmans Friend by Brian O’Nolan Graphic copyright Ireland Calling

The Workman’s Friend, The Dubliners

Top quotes by Brian O’Nolan


All images copyright Ireland Calling

Ireland's 100 favourite poems

Celtic phone cases

Beautiful Celtic phone cases available

Did you know?

People researching their Irish ancestry have received a welcome boost today as the Catholic parish registers are now available online. The registers are considered the single most important resource for researching Irish ancestry. Find out more.

Have you heard about…

A Group of fun-loving ladies called the ‘Dancing Grannies’ wowed onlookers on a Belfast street with an impromptu Riverdance performance. Find out more.

What about this…

‘The Irish Robin Hood’ - Redmond O’Hanlon is a legendary figure in Ireland. His ancestors had been a powerful family up until the 17th century, when their land was taken during the Catholic uprising and the Cromwellian invasion. So he became a highwayman. Find out more.
Copy Protected by Chetan's WP-Copyprotect.