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Barry Egan


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Elsa (voiced by Idina Menzel), Anna (Kristen Bell), Kristoff (Jonathan Groff) in Frozen II

Elsa (voiced by Idina Menzel), Anna (Kristen Bell), Kristoff (Jonathan Groff) in Frozen II

Elsa (voiced by Idina Menzel), Anna (Kristen Bell), Kristoff (Jonathan Groff) in Frozen II

In 1999, The Edge wrote the foreword for The Whoseday Book in aid of the Irish Hospice Foundation. Next to contributions from Charlie Haughey, Anthony Cronin, Brian Friel, Noel Pearson, Enya, Neil Jordan, Marian Keyes, Seamus Heaney, and Richard Harris, the U2 guitarist mused on the coming Millennium.

"Learn French. Pay your TV licence," he wrote. "Read some Shakespeare. Cut your toenails. Stop buying shoes you never wear. Go to Vietnam. Teach the Orangemen how to jog. Get down on your knees. Think again. Say goodbye to the past. Talk to the neighbours."

For the last four months, because of Covid-19, I've been talking to the neighbours more than I ever imagined possible. I'm sure some of them have a pain in their face, or some part thereof, looking at me, and I them. Especially in the bleaker times of the lockdown. We had great times, too. When the weather was nice, we had glasses of wine (observing social distancing) in front of our cars.