This is from 'Mothers and Sons' by Colm Toibin.
I met a whole load of fellows, they were after being in the pub.
I've never seen this kind before. I googled and looked up different dictionaries and found one in Merriam-Webster that seems to explain this.
I am trying to make a normal(?) sentence out of this.
I met a whole load of fellows, they had just been in the pub.
Is this right?