Castro's revolutionary chic was too alluring for young firebrand Higgins
It was another time, another place, and our current President, Michael D Higgins, had much more hair than he has these days. He also had one of the poshest Clare accents around.
Back in the early 1970s, I was plying my trade with the 'Tuam Herald' and Michael D - as he was known by one and all - was a lecturer in UCG.
But in Galway city and county, he cut a dash as a political firebrand - looking back through the years, it seems as if he was always angry about something or other. He was desperately trying to get elected as a TD but, frustratingly for him, he came up short in 1969 and 1973. He wouldn't make it to Leinster House until 1981.