Six retired Irishmen were playing poker in O'Leary's apartment, when
Paddy Murphy loses $500 on a single hand, clutches his chest, and drops
dead at the table.
Showing respect for their fallen brother, the other five continue to play while standing up.
Michael O'Conner looks around and asks, "Okay, me boys, someone got's to tell Paddy's wife. Who will it be?"
They draw straws. Paul Gallagher picks the short one. They tell him to
be discreet, be gentle, don't make a bad situation any worse.
"Discreet!!! I'm the most discreet Irishmen you'll ever meet. Discretion is me middle name. Leave it to me."
Gallagher goes over to Murphy's house and knocks on the door. Mrs Murphy answers, and asks what he wants.
Gallagher declares, "Your husband just lost $500, and is afraid to come home."
"Tell him to drop dead!", says Murphy's wife.
"I'll go tell him." says Gallagher.