One of the great field games in the world returned to intercounty action yesterday.
Hurling may not be played in all corners of the globe however that does not prevent it from being a sport of immense skill and speed. There were two interesting encounters in particular that caught the attention. The up and coming Dublin team squared up to mighty Kilkenny which saw the Cats emerging with the points. All Ireland champions Limerick squared up to arch rivals Tipperary resulting in the honours being shared.
And then there is the not so small matter of shops reopening this week and a bit more life returning to my city centre neighbourhood. Not to mention the nearing of the big day when draught Guinness can once again be enjoyed on Chatham Street. Cities need people and draught Guinness.
Over in the musical world steady progress continues on my six stringed friend. Speed and fluency continue to be the main challenges with most of my repertoire hovering around the three quarter mark.
The good citizens of Grafton Street can rest easy for now.