Those of a certain age — among them veteran Canadian writer Margaret Atwood — may well remember the Eurovision Song Contest of 1969 in which four countries (the United Kingdom, Spain, the Netherlands, and France) won, the first time a tie had occurred.
A “dramatic illumination” of Connemara mountains, snapshots of Homer’s Odyssey on Galway beaches and tightrope walking across the river Corrib are among highlights of the Galway 2020 European capital of culture unveiled on Wednesday evening.
It’s a bit embarrassing, really, when you think about it. Usually when Amnesty International get involved, the human rights violations are in places we dismiss as far, far away. Poor, troubled, undeveloped places, or countries in the grip of some megalomaniac tyrant. Places you wouldn’t want to go on your holiday.