Poitin or poteen is a Gaelic word meaning ‘little pot’ applied to whiskey made in illicit stills.
I wasn't sure what Martinis were but they were something like the stuff called poteen that was given to special visitors like the priest or to the postman at Christmas.
The local priest sent word to the Station that same night that he heard of poteen being sold in full view and openly at a certain premises and could I go there hotfoot?
Well, he recently confessed to enjoying a regular breakfast of potatoes covered in Guinness washed down with a steaming hot mug of poteen .
The distiller recommends only drinking the 180 proof poteen with mixers.
There in the shebeen they sold poteen and punch while in the pubs, beer and spirits were available.
They raided a poteen still in Riley's Place a month ago.
Then again, it might be nothing more serious than the fact that I grew up in poteen country where there were several shades of grey between good and evil.
I caught a bit of this on Radio 4 yesterday: stuff I had never known about the distilling of illicit liquor in Scotland and Ireland, moonshine and poteen .
Meanwhile, the authorities at Limerick prison have started a major crackdown on a very potent form of jail poteen which prisoners make for consumption at Christmas.