Shane Lowry inhabits some of sport's most elusive real estate, the natural terrain of those athletes who touch us in the most critical place of all, the heart.
COVID-19 has so pitilessly shut out the sunshine, a microscopic highwayman ransacking every last satchel of hope, that any notions this holding-cell purgatory might have yielded a sporting upside seem absurd.
Imagine – for what else can we do when, to quote the Irish author Colum McCann, “the days stretch out on a rack” – an entirely different Green Party tasked with returning life to its pre-Covid factory settings.
Like bespoke Tiffany's diamonds, the deeds of Katie Taylor and Shane Lowry, Stephen Cluxton and Joe Canning, Robbie Brady and Johnny Sexton deliver an enduring and priceless sparkle.
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