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When I was a small boy, during an election campaign, my father took me to see the arrival of one of the main party leaders in Athlone.
I can't remember which one it was - probably Jack Lynch - because on the night I never actually got to see the great man, whoever he was. And yet I have a perfectly clear memory of being in the car and of how cold it was, as we waited in the Fair Green for Jack, or whoever, who must have been running late for a performance of some kind in the Crescent Ballroom.
I guess my father just drove us home rather than wait any longer, but since I can still recall the waiting and the freezing after all this time, apparently the damage was already done.