On the day that Anne Maguire cut her own throat with an electric carving knife, January 18, 1980, her sister Mairead Corrigan was in her flat on the Cavehill Road, preparing for a three day trip to Cambodia, where she hoped to join Joan Baez and others in a symbolic march, bringing food supplies to refugees. She had that morning received her injections. A priest telephoned her around four in the afternoon to tell her of Anne's death. She went to the Maguire household.
"The race went perfect for me, I was always where I wanted to be, and even at the bell I thought that I was going to win. My strongest point as a runner is usually my ability to kick at the end of a race, but in the last lap of the 5,000 metres I just dragged. I gave it everything but I had nothing left… I guess I just wasn't destined to win."
Those who waited for ten years for the new beginning with Charlie Haughey, must have begun to wonder by now what the long wait was all about. In the seven months since he has become Taoiseach, Charles Haughey has failed to make any significant impact, on any of the issues on which he was most looked to for leadership and change: the economy, the North and security. But worse than that, he has revealed himself as a weak leader who mistakes public relations gimmicks, for decisiveness and courage.
Donncha 0 Dulaing was in his element. The centre of attention, thousands cheering. The leader hearing his every word.
"Every year at Siamsa Cois Laoi I do something out of the ordinary! Two years ago I had the distinction of being called a republican by the Irish Times! Well, since this is a republic I suppose we must all be republicans!"
The crowd roared. "And now I'm going to do my something out of the ordinary, and I may never be forgiven for it. Taoiseach! Will ya come up here on stage and s
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