Foley's ceaseless and invisible toil allowed others to flourish and shine
'Just an ordinary man, nothing special, nothing grand, I've had to work for everything I own." Those Christy Moore lyrics echoed in the brain more than once this week as the extraordinary passing on of a local hero played itself.
When it comes to final farewells, us Irish prefer the time-honoured statutes of support and sympathy to overt or anguished shows of emotion.
There are exceptions when we allow the curtains over our inner feelings to be drawn aside, exposing the raw nerves of sorrow to the shock of daylight.