Diarmaid Ferriter: Radio reveals what a strange country this is
Kevin Myers, Brian Cowen and fairy forts – my holiday listening was a revelation
Kevin Myers with Michael O’Leary at the launch of the former’s memoir, ‘A Single Headstrong Heart’, last year. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill
There were quare things going on when I was away, a reminder of what a strange little country this can be. Abandoning emails and television, I allowed myself on my vacation in Ireland the indulgence of radio between downpours and heard Kevin Myers apologising on RTÉ radio for his offensive column.
Coincidentally, I had just finished one of my holiday books, Myers’s wonderful memoir A Single Headstrong Heart, which, in outlining the formation of his character and personality, contains all you need to know about why he evolved into the kind of columnist he did.