Saturday 3 December 2016

Great courage in Baltimore but cowardice in Athens

Published 05/07/2015 | 02:30

Illustration by Jim Cogan
Illustration by Jim Cogan

Aristotle is a rock of wisdom and a refuge in grief. Last week, he cast light on two tragedies: that of the Davis Ryan family of Baltimore, and that of Greece.

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Let us begin with the devastating drownings in Baltimore. A line in the Irish Independent report leaped to the eye.

"Barry Ryan Sr heroically dived into the sea in a doomed bid to save his son and the young man's girlfriend, while shouting at his teenage daughter to run and raise the alarm."

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