There’s still a few days to be crossed off the calendar but we’ll go out on a limb here and suggest that the first September in living memory without a pair of All-Ireland men’s senior finals at its core will come and go without the sky falling in and the very fabric of the GAA having been ripped asunder.
Cynics tend to dismiss the practice of holding Cabinet meetings outside Dublin as a “Cabinet Roadshow” yet there is little doubt that conducting government business in different locations across the country is welcomed by local communities and provides an opportunity to meet regional organisations and groups.
It was a buoyant day for TDs at Leinster House but a wistful one for others, as the newly-elected gathered for their first giddy day at school, while some pensively packed up their bags after decades of service.
Fine Gael’s senior party figures look set to go into ‘bunker’ mode and shy away from any blame game yet as the outgoing coalition as the party dissects the drubbing it received from Irish voters in the election.
The funeral has taken place in Moyvane, Co Kerry, of the former inter-county footballer Patrick (Paddy) Curtin who died on December 29, following a car crash shortly before Christmas while working in Guatemala.
Mike O’Shea, adventurer and owner of Work at Height, which looked after the logistics of getting cast, crew and equipment onto Skellig Michael, said: “We knew what they wanted us to know even though we were heavily involved but it’s a very secretive industry.