One of my very first memories in journalism, and still one of the more abiding recollections, involves Dermot Keely. It was the early 2000s, and a League of Ireland second-tier game that was a footnote even to the gutter of sport, as his Kildare County travelled to St Mel's Park.
On 28 February, Dr Mike Ryan, the executive director of the World Health Organisation’s emergencies programme, sat down with a grave announcement for every citizen of the planet.
Getting the first glimpses of the damage done to the political establishment on Sunday, Fine Gael General Secretary Tom Curran had a line that said so much. On RTÉ, as the left surged, he noted: “None of us saw the appetite for change”.
Sitting in a seat towards the back of the cinema, the soundtrack in the auditorium had been heavy laughter throughout. The Hangover was on the big screen and it was light and easy humour, a break from the real world outside.
Paschal Collins comes from a boxing family. He's a world away from those show-time pseudo-gangsters that manage their UFC fighters while going through life always muttering beside every decision, 'What's in it for me?' As he orders up two coffees, Collins starts telling stories that aren't manufactured and marketed to be more valuable.
On Tuesday, if Dr Richard Freeman gets his requested way, he'll be sitting before an independent medical tribunal, giving what he claims is his latest version of the truth. All the while he’ll be shielded from former Team Sky colleagues by an actual screen to save him from any eye contact.
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