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Room 101: Former Dragons head coach and Ireland hooker Bernard Jackman

Former Leinster, Sale Sharks and Ireland international hooker Bernard Jackman takes TRP through his pet peeves.

Other people’s conversations

I don’t like it when you go out for a nice meal at a restaurant and are sat next to a table with another couple on it, seated so close that you feel you are in the same conversation. I was recently sat beside a couple who had just come back from a counselling session and despite my best efforts not to listen it was clear that they need more visits!

TRP verdict: Whisper it quietly… you’re in.

Match ticket requests

People asking for hard-to-get international tickets and then not paying you for them is annoying, as is getting last-minute requests for games like Ireland v England where the demand is huge, and you haven’t a chance in hell of getting any.

I have had 18 requests so far (I am entitled to buy two as an ex-international) but I expect it to be over 50 by match day given the level of hype and expectation around Irish rugby at the moment.

My dad is the worst offender. He is involved in the cattle business and will meet someone at a mart or factory, and they will assume I can get them tickets, so he’ll call me the day before or morning of the match asking are there any floating around.

TRP verdict: Room 101 will have to get a revolving turnstile if you keep this up. 

People who take up two car parking spaces

Dublin is chronically under resourced for parking and when you are running late for a meeting and you see a potential space, only to find it’s taken by a car using two spaces, my swear box gets a donation. Too many people here have ‘off-road’ vehicles that will never be off tarmac.

TRP verdict: They can definitely BOGOF!

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