Cathal Dervanby Cathal Dervan
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He’s one of those mischievous sorts who likes nothing better than to write to the letters pages of various national and local newspapers.
In his time, Bill has been known to inform the Meath Chronicle that the Faughan Hill downhill skiing club was to meet just outside Bohermeen.
Emigration is a buzz word in Irish life once again thanks to the bankers and the politicians who have combined to strangle the Celtic Tiger and bring the country to its knees, and Cooper isn’t the only one talking about it.
There’s not a secretary’s report to a county board convention this month that doesn’t mention the scourge of unemployment and the drain of hurlers and footballers leaving these shores. Longford secretary Peter O’Reilly spoke about it in his report this week.
“Given the economic news of the past few weeks, I fear that we are once again facing mass emigration,” warned O’Reilly.
I’ve been on holiday from my hard life as a sports reporter with the Sunday Star for the past 10 days, an end of year break after all those exertions at the World Cup and the likes.
Normally, two weeks off at this time of year allows the exhausted reporter time for a little Christmas shopping with the wife and a little golf with the few friends I have left in the world.
A week ago, on Wednesday night to be precise, I had reason to meet a colleague and friend and Gavan is both, in my local Arch Bar here in downtown Dunshaughlin.
It was a pleasant and dry night weather wise, unlike now when the snow has us all hemmed indoors and the country is grinding to a physical halt to mirror our economic woes.