That’s the life. Can you blame the young people of this charge / tax ridden country of ours for opting for a lifestyle like the one depicted in the group photograph. Of course it isn’t like this for everyone who tries to escape the unemployment and poverty stalking the land here at present.
But there are those who make the best of every opportunity that comes their way and this photograph seems to portray the enjoyment of success in a climate made for the celebration of life.
That’s Brian O’Connor from Cordal on the right of the bottom tier. Brian just made contact with The Maine Valley Post from Australia at the weekend as he’s a member of the Cordal U-12 team from 1999 which we featured in our Post Card from the Past slot on Friday.
A lively, pleasant young man on the street or on the playing fields at The Crageens or on the local GAA fields, Brian also brought honour and glory to his parish by winning an All-Ireland Comedy title in 2003 along with his pals, Timmy Brosnan and Pat O’Sullivan.
I’m just tipping-off his pals in Australia that the next time they gather in an idyllic setting, like the one in the photograph, that they have an after-dinner speaker/funny-man and a proven All-Ireland winning comic in their midst.
However, I suspect thought that they know that already.
Talking about people abroad: A group of elders from Castleisland took off to Portugal last week to play a bit of Golf and have a few pints at their ease and in a different climate.
But it hasn’t stopped raining since. Which leads me to believe that a bar staff member or two will have The Old Dromulton Road off by heart by the end of the Islander’s stay this week.
Continued good health and luck to our new MVP friends in Australia and where-ever else they may be.