Good riddance to our old ways, here's to the future
MAY your hearts continue strong, may your lives be long and fruitful, may your most generous and courageous visions come to pass.
These are not my words. They are the words of the poet Theo Dorgan in an address to new graduates of University College Cork. I cannot think of a better Christmas message at a time when we have come through a dreadful year and most likely will face a worse one in 2011.
In this season of hope and joy, they remind us that there is always hope. They also remind us how much we need our poets.