A hug a week
Europe and the rest of the world celebrated the new year in a spectacular way and in glorious colour.
A multi-million-dollar fireworks display heralded the New Year in Sydney. In New York, the mayor, Michael Bloomberg, and singer Lady Gaga counted the seconds to midnight. In Tokyo, people released helium balloons with notes attached listing their hopes for 2012.
I feel it in my bones that 2012 will be good for most in Ireland, even against all the odds.