We have strength to shine through
Published 14/11/2010 | 05:00
Sir -- How we laughed when Dougal, in an episode of Father Ted, wondered aloud, with bulging eyes and a terrified expression, if there could be, God forbid... an Anti-Santa!
You could be forgiven for thinking right now that such a grim entity might not be so fictional after all, with daily helpings of doom-laden news.
But are we sinking too deep into despair? It's worth remembering that Ireland has seen worse days than this: my maternal grandmother often spoke of life in the Forties and Fifties. Widowed young, she had neither electricity nor running water in her rural home until the mid-Seventies. She received a little money from time to time from her three sons, who took the emigrant ship to England.