Sunday 21 January 2018

Miriam Donohue: We should follow the example set by the Chinese and treasure our elderly

Miriam Donohue

IT was the perfect summer Sunday morning in Dublin. The magnificent walled garden in Marlay Park in Rathfarnham was a blaze of colour, with families happily strolling around, soaking up the rare sunshine.

Sitting on a bench chatting with my friend I spotted a sprightly and familiar figure admiring the flowers from the corner of my eye. Was it? Yes it was. Liam Cosgrave, former Taoiseach and son of WT Cosgrave, the first President of the Executive Council, or effectively Taoiseach, of the Irish Free State.

I did a quick mental calculation and estimated that Mr Cosgrave must now be in his early to mid-90s. Here was a man who made a massive contribution to Irish life. Here was living history, looking more than hale and hearty. And very dapper too, I might add.

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