Friday 26 May 2017

Notebook: A look at the week that was

LUAS WORKS: Every day, myself and a lot of other little aul fellas peer through barriers, checking progress. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
LUAS WORKS: Every day, myself and a lot of other little aul fellas peer through barriers, checking progress. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins

Michael Colgan

'Are you really retiring?" they ask. "No, just a little shy," comes my reply. The truth is I'm rewiring, not retiring. But the general reaction has somewhat taken me by surprise. In America (land of the free!) it was all high fives and congratulations - as if by retiring I'd actually achieved something. In Ireland, the most common response has been: "Was it your decision?" What a nation!

However, the funniest of all came from a former columnist of this newspaper, Gayle Killilea. On learning that I was going to join Sean Mulryan's Ballymore Group, she texted: "If I'd known you were going to become a property developer, I would have married you." To which I replied: "If you still have that €100m, it's not too late."

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