Friday 9 December 2016

Donal Og 
and the true meaning of public service

Published 06/07/2014 | 02:30

Illustration by Jim Cogan
Illustration by Jim Cogan

Last weekend, I went to the GAA grounds in Skibbereen to watch Donal Og Cusack conduct a hurling class with over a hundred boys and girls under 10. Twice as many parents clucked proudly around their
progeny. A scene to lift the heart.

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As a bonus, I learned a little more about life than I would from interrogating the internet about the dull doings of Dail Eireann. Talking to parents, I realised that Irish people do appreciate public service when it comes in the form of figures like Donal Og, who looks after players both on and off the field.

Cusack is also a superb columnist, so I added my own words of admiration for his compassionate column on Luis Suarez in the Irish Examiner. Like all great journalism, it prompted me to change my mind. No wonder it is 'most shared'.

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