Let's answer Roscrea's call: 'Ireland needs to be reborn'
Last week we saw a mid-sized town in Tipperary hit the headlines for reasons far deeper than we've yet to understand, writes John Waters
Sunrise belongs to the countryside, to the mountains and the beaches and the bogs, but sundown comes into its own in the town, where it sends odd shafts of light between chimneys and the old people come out and sit on their window sills and there is a strange sense of peace at the end of the day.
Usually, having been reared in a town, I feel a profound exultance on almost any street at this time of day, a sense of rest and looking forward, a feeling that reality is not hostile but friendly.
But not this Thursday evening. I am walking around with two local men, Derek Russell and Martin Maher, who are having their photo taken to accompany the fruits of our day's conversations.