Tuesday 25 September 2018

'It was as if I'd waited my whole life for this moment'

So it is with my son cradled under my arm that I dedicate my own letter to Daniel, writes Barry Egan

FATHERHOOD: Barry Egan is a hands-on dad as he comes to happy terms with the wonders of being a new father all over again. Photo: David Conachy
FATHERHOOD: Barry Egan is a hands-on dad as he comes to happy terms with the wonders of being a new father all over again. Photo: David Conachy
Barry Egan

Barry Egan

The great Fergal Keane in his award-winning essay from 1997 Letter To Daniel talked about the art of one arm typing with his newly-born son cradled in his arms.

So it is with my son, also of that name, cradled under my arm as I type this - as my wonderful wife has an enormously well-earned sleep in the hospital bed opposite.

This, then, is my letter to Daniel.

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