Tony Mangan ‘Walk Around The World’ #30

The Oxford English Dictionary defines a Dublin ‘Jackeen’ as  a

contemptuous designation for a self-assertive worthless fellow

The term dates back to the time of the potato famine in Ireland around 1840. Other reports say that a Jackeen is  a ‘fellow who does very little for a living and wants to do less.’ So, is Dublin’s Tony Mangan that Jackeen?

The term ‘Jackeen’ was used by ‘The Kerry Examiner’ back in February 1854 to refer to those in Dublin who  contributed more than their quota to the ranks of the British army and military records and that these were great soldiers from the Irish capital.

Yet Tony was not thinking that recently as he was busy walking through Hong Kong.

Hong Kong is an autonomous territory. It was once even a British colony. Located in the southeastern part of China, it is reported to be a densely populated location that has vibrancy at it’s core. As a major financial hub, Hong Kong boasts sky scrapers that almost nudge the sky as one peers up through the powerful night lights.

As a central business district it features architectural landmarks such as I.M. Pei’s Bank of China Tower. Due to its buzz filled with people, it is a major shopping destination, famous for its bespoke tailors and Temple Street Night Market.

It’s funny why references to ‘Dubs’ being said to be lazy, without work, or related to the British army can turn our eyes toward that one Dub Tony Mangan. After all, he lives quite a different life than all of that. Tony walks through his life and, though a short-sighted person may note that he no longer clocks in and out for a day’s wages, others may notice that his occupation is so unique that it does the work of many agencies, organisations and associations in the way he modestly markets the need for greater early Cancer screening on an international scale. 

The fact that he has been through the  boastful business-wise territory of Hong Kong (which has such strong links with Great Britain) can almost provide a bit of worry to many, especially with Brexit around the corner.

In comparing ‘Jackeen’ Mangan to such derogatory and hopeless terms is futile, as his actions of positivity speak for themselves.

For Tony Mangan is no bumbling Brit, rather he is a true soldier of Irish freedom.


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Conor Hogan
As a native Galwegian, Conor Hogan teaches and consults across the areas of education, well-being and health while also researching human behaviour for his PhD at NUI Galway. After winning regional and national leadership awards, he blogged and co-authored a book on Mental Health for Millennials. He tells us he will endeavour to enrapture the glint of the Galway Eye 🙂 You can find out more about Conor at