Highs and Lows

It’s been a rollercoastery weekend so far and it’s only Saturday night.

Today is the 23rd anniversary of The Good Friday Agreement which promised, and, brought so much peace in Northern Ireland. However, there has been a good bit of rioting up North in recent days and it feels very fragile all over again. Brexit hasn’t helped amongst many other factors.

Meanwhile, my heart goes out to Queen Elizabeth on the death of her husband of 70 years. It certainly can’t be easy for her and I hope she can cope somehow. Ireland is entirely separate from the United Kingdom but we are neighbours.

Ireland lost one of her greatest song writers, Shay Healy, to Parkinson’s Disease today and that feels like we’ve lost a true talent and a very loved man.

Meanwhile, we are celebrating the victory of jockey, Rachel Blackmore, in the Aintree Grand National. She is the first woman ever to win it and the trainer of her horse, Henry de Bromhead, lives just outside Tramore so it was a day for mad cheering on that front.

So, I say ‘goodnight,’ with mixed emotions but with soothing Tramore Bay whispering just down the road.

Tramore Bay, Co. Waterford

Author: socialbridge

I am a sociologist and writer from Ireland. I have worked as a social researcher for 30 years and have had a lifelong passion for writing. My main research interests relate to health care and sense of place.

10 thoughts on “Highs and Lows”

  1. You have been on my mind as I am reading about the Northern Ireland situation. I will keep you in my thoughts and visualize a peaceful outcome since I cannot do else.

    1. Thanks so much, Suz. It’s incredibly depressing to see the rioting breaking out again. Hopefully, a resolution can be found fast before another generation gets embroiled.

  2. Life has its ups and downs.. Hopefully things will quiet down and it’s sad news of Prince Phillip’s passing and it must be very hard for Queen Elizabeth to put on a brave face and go on with out him..It’s great news to hear of the young woman winning the horse race…I would say the news is bitter-sweet…

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