Tuesday 12 December 2017

Ode to a Talbot Hotel spoon

By esther hayden

A Cork woman proved her honesty when she returned a wayward tea spoon to the Talbot Hotel last week.

Catherine Leggett and her mother stayed in the Talbot for a few days in early September but on returning home Catherine found a stray teaspoon in her washbag - which she attributed to her mother's love of a cup of Barry's Tea 'morning, night and noon'.

Returning the spoon to the Talbot Catherine decided that she should make amends for her error and penned a poem to convey her apologies to 'Mister Talbot' saying that while I' always try to do my best sometimes I forget'.

In the poem Susan said she hoped that nobody had lost their job in the search for the mislaid spoon or that people have been searching high up and low down for it. She also paid tribute to the very friendly staff at the Talbot saying their stay had been very memorable.

Sales and Marketing manager at the Talbot Lisa Carmody said the entire staff were delighted by the letter and said it 'created so much buzz around here and on our Facebook page when we shared it. Catherine put so much effort into the poem.

'On Friday morning we surprised her live on air with a return stay for her and her mother with afternoon tea. We will also be getting the letter framed because we think it is very special.'

Here is Catherine's poem:

Mister Talbot

'Please Mister Talbot do not be upset

I always try to do my best - but sometimes I forget

My Mum and I stayed with you - the first week of September

A lovely room, twas 101, I'm sure you will remember

She takes a cup of Barry's tea - morning, night and noon

And somehow in the jollyment - we came home with a spoon

She always makes me wash up - and to never leave a mess

But how the spoon got in my wash bag - I can hardly guess

I hope you've not been searching for it - morning, noon and night

I hope no body lost their job - now that would be a fright

I hope you've not been scouring under beds - upon your knees

Or behind sofa cushions - the place for coins and keys

Please Mister Talbot - it was a mistake

And if you let us stay again- tis one we'll not re-make

You have a lovely place up there - your staff are awful friendly

Please say Hi to Amy, Jim - to Bridget, Lyn and Henry

And to the nice girls at the desk - they helped in every way

And the lady up in sales who makes out 'thought for the day'

The chef and staff in Ballast bar are a credit to the team

And the hygiene staff and restaurant folk were kind and calm and keen

Thank you Mister Talbot - Your Wexford place is great

You'll be glad to have your teaspoon back - I'm sorry that's its late.'

Wexford People

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