Following the Galway hurlers has never been an easy task. They have reached six All-Ireland finals since last winning one in 1988 – seven if you include the drawn game in 2012 – and somehow managed to lose them all.
It’s been a heartbreaking famine over the past 27 years and yet the followers turned up in their thousands to support them at Croke Park on Sunday. My latest blog is about the pain of following the Galway hurlers, but also the wonders of an All-Ireland weekend when people go to so much trouble to attend the game.
Next April, Ireland will grind to a halt to remember the men and women who fought for Irish freedom in 1916.
Yet, for many people, the proposed commemorations have caused great unease.
Should we really celebrate the centenary of the Easter Rising?
Has Ireland lived up to the expectations of the rebels who fought the British Empire a century ago? If they were alive today, would they be wining and dining with the elite – or demonised with the Irish Water protesters?
A lot of people seem to be amazed that Irish Water has caused so much controversy in a country in which the bailout of the bondholders, new taxes, and a property tax went through with a minimum of fuss.
And, in many ways, it seems strange that a tax on water has caused the biggest mass protests Ireland has seen in decacdes.
In this week’s personal blog, though, I argue that many people have just had enough. They didn’t speak out before about the imposition of austerity measures, but that did not mean they believed they were right.
The blog is written from the perspective of someone who has seen so many cuts over the past seven years, and yet has only begun to speak out.
With water meters being installed in estates throughout Ireland, and the first bills arriving through the letter-boxes, this controversy is far from finished.
The annual fundraising walk for Pieta House will take place in the early hours of Saturday, May 9. It begins at 4.15am and walkers enjoy the sight of the sun rising over Galway Bay as they make their way around the scenic 5km route.
Last year’s walk attracted over 4,000 people and the organisers are expecting to at least match that figure this year. Suicide prevention is a huge issue in the West of Ireland right now and taking part in the Darkness Into Light walk is a fantastic way to ensure free counselling is available to people in distress at Pieta House West, in Tuam.