Friday 23 March 2018

Eoghan Harris: Choosing my company in Kilcrumper Cemetery

LAST Sunday I found myself staring at a tough fortnight. Today I am giving a speech at the grave of General Liam Lynch in Fermoy. The following Friday, I am taking part in a celebration of Frank O'Connor at UCC in the company of the evergreen Edna O'Brien and looking forward to meeting his daughter, Liadain O'Donovan.

So what's my problem? Well as a harbinger of the hard winter to come, I woke up last Sunday with a bug bedded down in my chest and throat. So I crankily turned on Marian Finucane's media show with no great hope that I would hear anything to alleviate my symptoms.

But I was wrong. Celia Larkin showed courage. She refused to run for cover or stab Bertie Ahern in the back. She said he was not corrupt -- but that he should shut up.

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