Celebrating underage sporting successes with the copious consumption of crisps and minerals is a tradition which, one suspects, extends far beyond these shores. It would be wagered, also, that such practices are utterly frowned upon now by elements of a society far too conscious of itself. Ah, for simpler times… Continue reading ““Are you Colm’s brother”? … “No, he’s my brother!””
To study wobbly VCR footage of Pat Bonner stopping that penalty in Genoa a quarter century ago is to recall the sense of trepidation that at least some in the GAA portrayed. That unforgettable summer’s activities presenting the opportunity, it was claimed – or maybe feared – to tempt the flock away to greener pastures. Continue reading “Effecting change often simply requires bravery”
Whether this is exclusively an Irish custom or otherwise cannot be vouched for, but, weddings and funerals tend to be settings for people whose acquaintance may have drifted to bridge the gaps in their respective stories since their last encounter. Continue reading “Not all talk of destiny is folly”
“In those streets where you grew up, there you will live, and there you will die”. The preceding words represent one of the most famous quotes from the Greek poet Constantine Cavafy. Certain circumstances regarding what remain important aspects of life give the words much current relevance. Now read on… Continue reading “Out of sight doesn’t always mean out of mind”
Becoming PRO of the local GAA club nigh on 20 years ago was one of the luckiest developments ever to have befallen this wordsmith. It became far more than a hobby, even surpassing what could be described as a passion, to actually morph into the very fabric of what made life worth living.
Coming from this corner, the above words could conceivably have all manner of connotations. However, a perhaps debilitating reluctance to be overly expansive regarding some of the more angst inducing pitfalls of life’s journey generally sees them sheepishly shelved in favour of matters more mundane. Continue reading “The reality is that normality is different for everyone”