This week, a man who owes his life to Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) kept a pledge he made to himself four decades ago. Kilkenny city native, Pat Kelly had the letters AA tattooed on his left arm in a parlour on lower John Street on Thursday. It was his way of saying thanks to the organisation that saved his life.
Pat who turned 65 years of age recently recalled 40 years ago when he was seriously ill in hospital with a drink related condition. He was touch and go and he promised himself there and then, that if AA could show him a way back from the abyss he was facing he would get a tattoo in gratitude. He did.