Good news shock
• The first four weeks of this year were especially difficult, with reports of people drowned at sea and -- almost on a daily basis -- of others killed tragically.
Yet, in spite of the really grim start, there are signs of hope and positive happenings too. For example, as reported in the Irish Independent (January 30), Northern Ireland First Minister Peter Robinson (staunchest of unionists in the past) attended his first GAA match last weekend in Armagh. He seemed very relaxed with his colleague, Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness, by his side. He said he had got a very warm reception from everyone he met at the game and that it was wonderful to have him there.
They have come a long way from very tense beginnings, after the 1998 Good Friday Peace Agreement.