I’ve just called one of the two Dublin registry offices, as I’m trying now to chase up the birth certificate of what I believe is an Irish grandfather.

So I phone.

Shortish message, then “press 0 for all other enquiries”.

I press 0.

I wait.

After a while –

“We could not connect you. We are putting you through to the operator. This extention does not exist. There is no mailbox for this extention.”

Followed by disconnection.