Opinion: Politicos heading for the country is clear sign that an election is coming
Just when us country folk thought it was safe to go out and about - they're back! And they've got you all in mind because, any way you look at it, another general election does beckon.
Yes, our politicians are limbering up for the Dáil's return a fortnight tomorrow. Now, oddly enough, that is a date which clashes with those ploughing matches back again at Screggan, Tullamore. To some that's a lamentable fixture clash - but let's move on.
Before they go back to the big house in Kildare Street, Dublin, the politicians have their so-called "think-ins." It was Bertie Ahern who pioneered these type of gatherings as Fianna Fáil leader from 1994 onwards.
Originally, they were an opportunity to boost team spirit, allowing backbench TDs and Senators a chance to mingle and chat with the party's heavy-hitters, be they ministers or front-bench spokespeople.
Soon they became more choreographed with a lot of media involvement and photo opportunities.
Time there was, when these gatherings were more dedicated to the alcohol god, Bacchus, than to Plato or any other political philosopher. But a few celebrated incidents put a damper on that late-night carry-on for a time at least.
But let's not digress too much. Tomorrow Sinn Féin will gather at a motorway hotel just south of Drogheda, a venue which seems to suit participants from both sides of the border.
On Thursday it is the turn of the fledgling Social Democrats in Dublin.