Defined as a drawing, picture, scrawl or scribble created in an absent-minded manner by the hand of a writer whose concentration and mental processes were fully occupied elsewhere, psychiatrists nonetheless believe doodlers are sketching out the secrets of their mind.
If this be the case, the country’s leader-in-waiting dreams of playing in the national league on a diet of 7-Up and Dairy Milk and of owning the Paddy Power franchise or perhaps becoming Paddy Power rather than a future Taoiseach, which, for Enda, is a bit of a gamble.
And singer Daniel O’Donnell dreams of a day in the sun with four matchstick men in a boat — at least they look like men, but it’s hard to tell with matchsticks.
And broadcaster Miriam O’Callaghan doodles a dog called Spike and Joe Duffy doodles anger and Anglo and strife and Cillian Murphy should just stick to acting.
And Seán Óg is all Cork and Shandon and fish and Rosanna Davidson’s a horse and David Cameron a ewe, or at least that’s who he says he’s thinking of.
And all of the doodles are for a good cause and no-one tut-tutted while anyone was drawing because doodles, like street graffiti, have become a legitimate art form — just check out Pauline Bewick’s.
This time around the doodlers’ scrawls are going to raise money for a worthy cause — Cork ARC Cancer Support House.
30-plus household name, including artists, scientists, politicians and athletes, donated their drawings to an ARC auction which took place last night in the Clarion Hotel in Cork city.
Last night a spokesperson for the ARC charity revealed that over €8,000 had been raised with the drawing by Nobel Laureate James Watson fetching the highest price of €520. Pauline Bewick’s effort raised €500 and renowned musician Shane McGowan attracted a princely €460.