I can only picture now Colm Keaveney’s first time to go to a Fianna Fail meeting. A real one now I mean, not one of those high-level suited affairs that he has been at in Dublin while the personal details of his ‘out of window’ transfer were being ironed out before he spoke in Robbie Keane terms about how joining a ‘big team like Fianna Fail’ was always his “boyhood dream.”
No, the Deputy has still not been in the presence of a room full of real Fianna Failers, those who like the Japanese prisoners back at the end of the war, still had not come out of the bushes and realised that the game was up.
Americans around the world will today celebrate their traditional Thanksgiving - believed to have begun as an autumn harvest festival in the 17th century and a time for people to give thanks for what they have.
Coinciding with the start of the modern-day Christmas season - the fourth Sunday before Christmas being the start of Advent - it would appear to be a natural progression into the season of goodwill - a time to cherish time off work, relax with family and friends, and soak up all the joys that Christmas offers.
At this very moment, the view outside my window is positively Lilliputian. Many men and women are hammering away creating an experience that will be enjoyed by many over the next month. But what is far more important is that the vision that is taking shape is one that will be the boon this city and county needs in the run up to the most important time of the year for local businesses.
From tomorrow evening, once again Galway will welcome tens of thousands of visitors to the Continental Christmas Market. Whatever the initial misgivings that were expressed about its impact on trade further down town, there is now no doubt that the decision to bring the market to Galway was an inspired one. With just five weeks to go until Christmas, there is no other town in the country that will look, smell, or sound as seasonal as Galway. Shoppers will come from across the country just to experience the Galway seasonal ambience. And it is one that has been created over just a couple of seasons.