Why today could be the best day of your life

I often asked myself in my darkest moments why bother carrying on in a world that seemed to exclude me. It had defined me as different – not one of us, not normal. And I firmly believed that that world view wouldn’t change, that I would be forced to lead a life of seclusion other than going to work. I had built mental barriers to … Continue reading Why today could be the best day of your life

Graves have become altars to excess

The county’s GAA colours (not Cork’s) caught my eye as the flag billowed in the Sunday breeze. My wife and I had just enjoyed a lovely lunch and catching some fresh air found ourselves walking by an old cemetery. There it was fluttering away and it struck us as odd that any flag would be present, unless it was the Tricolour, of course. As we … Continue reading Graves have become altars to excess

Why would you set someone alight?

Five years in jail, with 18 months suspended, was the sentence handed down to Brian Keane from Galway this week. With remission he’ll be free in half that time. His crime? Using a lighter to set alight a home-made sheep’s costume worn by Matthew Sheridan at a Halloween fancy dress party and inflicting severe injuries to him. Picture the scene as Sheridan’s highly flammable costume … Continue reading Why would you set someone alight?