Proverbs and Local Sayings
“An Empty House is better than a bad Tenant”
Over 410 years ago there was a shop-keeper named Collins in Limerick City who suffered very much from a bad tooth; but on no account would he allow a doctor or dentist to - draw it as he believed the doctor or dentist would literally pull the head off him.
Shortly afterwards the patient woke and seeing the dentist near him he shouted violently at him but the dentist calmly said “An Empty House is better than a bad Tenant”.The proverb still lives with the usual addition – “said the dentist” after it.Mr. John Dooley (Farmer)