Neverending unrelenting misery… and a chink of wonder
Before the mini blog came into being, the verb “to twitter” belonged to two species: birds and broadcasters who fill in the 9am to 10am slot on Radio One.
But I must say that lanky one has a point when he complains (every morning) about too much misery.
It is beginning to assume a “go deo na ndeor” feel. No relief. Are we going to spent the rest of our lives broke and on our uppers, and contemplating such gob-stoppers of phrases as quantative easing; contracts for difference; negative feedback loops?
Everyday there’s a report or an analyst or an economist who’s showing us the opposite side of a famous Bertie Ahern quote: “The doom is getting doomer”.
And to be sure, the number of economists in Ireland who claim they foresaw all of the bust happening is growing all the while… the 2009 version of those who were present in the GPO during the Easter Rising in 1916.
Today was a relatively quiet day politically. John Gormley said he favoured a government of national unity safe in the knowledge that such a hybrid is never going to happen. Dick Roche issued a statement this morning defending the Government’s decision not to divulge the names, saying a Central Bank act from 1942 prevented it. Both Fine Gael and Labour later separately cited different legislation (the Companies Acts) suggesting the opposite.
The row will run this week. As will the comet’s tail from last Saturday’s massive protest march – the Dail will spend the week debating the pension levy for public service workers.
Another week of anger and despair. Misery has become viral, a plague even.
There was one chink of glorious light this weekend. We went to see The Secret of Kells (see the website for accompanying book here) last night, the closing film in the Dublin Film Festival. It is the first full-length Irish animation and co-directed by Kilkenny man Tomm Moore and Nora Twomey. It was stunning. A cascade of light and colour and wonder burst from the screen. And a beautifully-measured tale about the creation of the Book of Kells in 6th century Ireland. Gorgeous ornate animation with unmistakable (and unforgettable) Celtic motifs. Great voices from actors Brendan Gleeson and Mick Lally and two child actors. Amazing.
In an atmosphere of communal despair, this amazing work showed what is, and can, be possible. It was the first ‘yes we can’ moment I have experienced since the beginning of the year.
Please go and see it when it opens. It’s uplifting.
FOCAL SCOIR: And before we get pursued by a bear for an inclursion into somebody else’s territory, let us warmly congratulate our colleague Fiona McCann on her magnificent win in the arts section of the Irish Blog Awards.