Sunday 17 December 2017

This Woman's Life: Flying rashers are soon forgotten - just like our €2m promise

 

Onlookers celebrate the announcement that Galway would be the European Capital of Culture for 2020 Photo: PA News
Onlookers celebrate the announcement that Galway would be the European Capital of Culture for 2020 Photo: PA News

Rita Ann Higgins

Oh my God, I go to the Canary Islands for a week and what do I get when I come back? Nothing but scalding and unsettling news.

Hasn't Galway County Council only gone back on a promise to give €2m to the European City of Culture project? The promise was made last July when it was announced by the judges that Galway would be crowned Capital of Culture in 2020.

The same day, the same people - the promisers - were air-punching and jumping and making unnatural screams on the street. (Some would say, howls of delight, others would say screams of embarrassment.) The same day, people were hugging on the street. Oh my God. Give me anything but air-punching and pedestrian hugging. Hugging is for the bedroom, streets are for eating pizza and drinking out of cans. Add some back-slapping to the hugging and within the hour you turn into Sleeveen McSlaphole. What with all that unnatural affection and buffoonery, promises were made - €2m of them to be exact.

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