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This is the last column for 2020. I remember writing early in 2020 what a satisfactory feel there was to the year 2020, a sense that somehow this was a year that would herald untold promise.
What a marvellous weekend of sports we had, and all available on TV. It was really a great indulgence, but I spent ages looking at the ones I was following.
I hope you all, women and men, are feeling better after the opening of the hairdressing salons and the barber shops.
It is so good to be able to get into the car and drive off somewhere, even a few miles, look at the River Shannon and think long thoughts.
Since we last spoke, we have all been living through this never-never land of coronavirus.
I will begin this column by noting and paying respect to the late US president George Bush who died recently. I have not any particular memories about him but I have always felt that he was a most honourable person, and that seems to be the general opinion now upon his passing. I noted at his funeral home that his faithful dog who he has had for years was keeping watch on the rug outside, and I thought well, the late president must have had very admirable human traits. May he rest in peace.
Well, we will all be voting for the presidency this coming Friday. It seems to me that none of the candidates apart from the incumbent have really caught hold of the imagination of the people. Yes they have worked very hard, and yes they have performed on TV and on radio, and they have really done their very best to appeal to us, the voters. But somehow it has not come off, and it seems, if opinion polls are to be believed, that the incumbent Michael D. Higgins is the person to whom the majority of voters will give their allegiance on voting day.
Hello and a Happy New Year to all the readers of the Athlone Advertiser.
“Oh! What a tangled web we weave when first we practice to deceive” - Sir Walter Scott
The impact on us here in Ireland of the carnage on London Bridge and the adjoining areas was almost overwhelming.