•After a disappointing summer and the prospect of another cold winter pending, it was nice to get out for a stroll along the Liffey in Clane as the sun broke through. This time of the year can be beautiful, with the hedgerows ripe with colourful fruit and the meandering Liffey providing a stunning backdrop to autumnal Ireland.
My enjoyment of the idyllic surroundings came to a stuttering halt, however, as I unearthed a new type of litterbug in the area. We have all witnessed litterbugs in action, defacing our beloved countryside without a care in the world. But this new breed carries a conscience.
They carry a small plastic bag whilst walking their dogs and proudly scoop the poop. They receive admiring glances.