A Florist in Davan

Fergus talks about business and living in the country.


flour seafood produce (2)
hope except keep busy
traffic heavy (2) bother (2)
town thing (2) sort of thing
flower mussels country (2)
crab muscle globalization
globe lobster sell/sold/sold
retire church on our own
plenty historic look around
florist hopefully too many/too much
worry of course most of the time






I’m Fergus Gibney and I own Annes Florist here in Navan.

I’ve been in business for 36 years. I’ll be 65 years of age this month. I’m retiring soon hopefully.

What worries you?

Traffic gets really heavy from about three o’clock in the afternoon. And then no one bothers coming in anymore because traffic is so heavy in town.

I love being outside. I’ve got dogs I go walking and all that sort of thing you know.

How do you spend your leisure time?

I love being outside. I’ve got dog; we go walking and all that sort of thing. I love being out in the country. I live in the country actually.

What’s your favorite food?

My favorite food would be seafood: muscles, lobster, crab all that type of thing. I love seafood.

What does globalization mean to you?

Bringing flowers from all different parts of the world and then sell them here.

We don’t produce too many flowers on our own, except in summertime.

They’re coming in from other countries like South America, Brazil, Africa, Nigeria, Kenya. They come from everywhere.

Which country would you like to visit?

Most of the old cities in Europe, and all that. I love old cities, cause they are historic.

And then I love churches old churches and all that sort of thing. Look around them.

What makes you happy?

Being busy. Keep going most of the time. When you’re busy you’re happy. Selling plenty of flowers of course.


1. Who is this person? What’s his name? Where’s he from? What is his profession?

2. He has lots of experience in this field. Yes or no? Will he be working for a long time?

3. Is traffic the same or does it change? When does it get heavy? Why does it get heavy then? Is this good for his business?

4. Fergus loves going to clubs, pubs and discos. What do you think?

5. What is his favorite food?

6. Does Fergus believe in free-trade or protectionism? Does Ireland import flowers? If yes, why does Ireland import flowers? Where are the flowers imported from?

7. What does he like to see and visit?

8. Fergus is a busy man. Is this right or wrong? Does he enjoy this? What does he want?

A. Where do the flowers in the shops come from?

B. Do you prefer living and working in a town or city?

C. Are you from Ireland? Do you live in Ireland? Have you ever been to Ireland?

D. Have you met anyone from Ireland? Who were they? What were they doing?

E. Describe the climate and geography of Ireland.

F. Describe the economy of Ireland. What does it import and export?

G. Does Ireland have any problems or challenges?

H. What is the food of Ireland like? Describe Irish cuisine.

I. What are some tourists attractions (cultural, historical, natural)?

J. What comes to mind when you think of Ireland? What do you associate with Ireland?



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