If you have had the genuine pleasure of meeting Michael, you have likely been exposed to some of his famous phrases that make us understand the true meaning of LMAO. Gems like “What the ACTUAL f@$&” will forever remind us of Michael’s wit and way with words.

Some other favourites include:


Grab yer ankles, HoHoTOnians – it’s gonna be a wild ride.

No guarantees until the sheep are in the paddock or whatevahdafuckdametaphoriz.

Let me check my diary.

I will endeavour to ensure my seconds are suitably cleaned, dried and neatly presented, as no one should have to receive seconds that are… sloppy.

The skywriter is booked and I’ve optioned the free lawn space along the side of the Gardiner.

In the back garden…

While we were “hoovering”…

Holy shitballs on toast! Or, its alternate, Outfuckenstanding savoury tea biscuit.

It’s all gone pear-shaped.

Michael’s reply to a request to bring Purell to a meeting when a friend remarked about being under the weather: Purell doesn’t taste good. Stick to hot whiskey.

Michael’s advice to someone making a media appearance: break a leg. Kick ass. Do your thang. You’ll be awesome.

And a favourite: ne’er-do-wells can bite my transparent Irish arse*.

*Full disclosure: Michael’s arse is not actually all that transparent and does not constitute a reasonable window substitute. Some conditions apply. Professional driver, closed course. YMMV. WTGC.

We can’t wait for Michael to be back on his feet wrapped “in 4.5 yards of Shetland wool” (otherwise known as his kilt and sporran number).

Do you have a favourite “Michael-ism”? Please share in the comments below!

Sending Michael O’Connor Clarke a bouquet of fish

While our friend Michael O’Connor Clarke is in hospital we thought it would be fun to send him video best wishes – in recognition of the amazing videos he wrangled for us in hohoto. Create your own, and tag it #mocc on twitter so we can find it. Make sure to cc @michaelocc and his brother @eamonnclarke1. Here is mine:

Here’s one of the videos Michael wrangled for hohoto:

Update on Michael O’Connor Clarke

Many people have been asking about our dear friend and colleague, Michael O’Connor Clarke. Michael is at St. Mike’s Hospital. He is very ill and currently battling cancer.

Michael’s influence online and off-line stretches far and wide. We join his many friends, colleagues and people within the digital and social media communities in wishing him and his family well.

People have been amazing in asking what they can do to help. Plans are in the works to show our support to Michael and his family during this difficult time.

Stay tuned for more details.