Radio stations across Europe yesterday played Gerry And the Pacemakers’ ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’ at the same time in what they called a message of unity at a time of crisis.
The stations who joined the initiative included RTÉ Gold and BBC Radio 1 and counterparts in Spain, Belgium, the Netherlands, and more.
The anthem is synonymous with Liverpool Football Club’s pre-match ritual, as tens of thousands of fans join in a collective crescendo in the moments before kick-off.
That it was played yesterday across the Irish Sea is particularly poignant for one heroic man.
Sean Cox was left with life-changing injuries after a brutal attack by Italian thugs outside Anfield two years ago. Since initially being left in an induced coma, Sean has been cared for and moved between the UK and Ireland as his recovery has continued.
Yesterday, just hours after radio stations blared out the refrain so familiar to Sean, his family announced he had returned home to Dunboyne. The Cox family have at all times acted with class and dignity in the face of suffering. The man himself is a testament to human spirit.
While many of us fret in these strange days about having to stay indoors and self-isolate, Sean’s wife Martina reminds us why perspective is a wonderful thing:
At a time when staying at home takes on new meaning for all of us, it’s clear that there is no other place that Sean would rather be.