Saturday 10 December 2016

Shane Ross: Hand back the handshake

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Shane Ross

Published 22/08/2010 | 05:00

Today I celebrate 25 years off the demon drink by listening to Miriam Meets on RTE radio. My wonderful 90-year-old mother took the programme by storm, telling Miriam O'Callaghan her version of our life story and pedigree. She was the star of a show which matches relations and friends in a threesome with Miriam.

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With glorious insensitivity to my lifetime's crusade against bankers, she revealed that banker's blood runs through my veins. Her father worked for Lloyds Bank in the 1930s.

Happily, she kept a few secrets to herself. Being outed as a banker's grandson is bad enough (in reality he was a magic grandfather) but the wily old bird -- still by far the cleverest member of my family -- taught me a lesson that the selective release of information is a skill that blossoms with age. Perhaps her top- secret code-breaking activities in the war years provided the discipline necessary for such discretion.

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