In memory of two patriots: Maurice Hayes, Donal Barrington
The recent deaths of Maurice Hayes and Donal Barrington deprived Ireland of two of our greatest public men and left me mourning two of my long-time personal heroes.
Sadly, I never met Donal Barrington in person, and only met Maurice Hayes once, in 2012, when Paddy Burke, Cathaoirleach of the Seanad, invited Drew Nelson, secretary of the Orange Order, to address the Seanad. Seems long ago.
But those few hours with Hayes reminded me of what Dr Johnson said about meeting Edmund Burke.