Monday 5 December 2016

Let's answer Roscrea's call: 'Ireland needs to 
be reborn'

Last week we saw a mid-sized town in Tipperary hit the headlines for reasons far deeper than we've yet to understand, writes John Waters

Published 03/08/2014 | 02:30

John Waters walks down Castle street Roscrea with Derek Russell and Marin Maher. Picture Liam Burke/Press 22
John Waters walks down Castle street Roscrea with Derek Russell and Marin Maher. Picture Liam Burke/Press 22
TD's Noel Coonan and Michael Lowry at the anti drug meeting
Residents in Roscrea were addressed by gardai on the issue of drugs

Sunrise belongs to the countryside, to the mountains and the beaches and the bogs, but sundown comes into its own in the town, where it sends odd shafts of light between chimneys and the old people come out and sit on their window sills and there is a strange sense of peace at the end of the day.

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Usually, having been reared in a town, I feel a profound exultance on almost any street at this time of day, a sense of rest and looking forward, a feeling that reality is not hostile but friendly.

But not this Thursday evening. I am walking around with two local men, Derek Russell and Martin Maher, who are having their photo taken to accompany the fruits of our day's conversations.

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