Paddy walks on to the Euros with hope in his heart
Ireland's first match in Euro 2016 is just a month away. I feel it is my duty to clarify this in the minds of readers, just in case the everyday business of the world was distracting you in any way from this overwhelmingly important fact. In case you were letting anything at all take your mind off the build-up.
Because for Paddy, the build-up is an important aspect of any major tournament. Indeed, experience has taught us that it may turn out to be the only aspect.
So we will be playing Sweden on Monday, June 13, and that's the main thing. With this uppermost in your mind, whatever happens for the next 29 days or so, you will be aware at all times that life still has some purpose, some meaning. That existence has a point.