Wednesday, October 24
The Clones Cyclone
There was an illuminating documentary about him last night on television and after watching it I had more admiration for him than ever. Born in Clones, which is right in the middle of bandit country on the Irish side of the border, he ended up fighting for Northern Ireland (winning a gold medal when he was 17 at the Commonwealth Games) and was never forgiven by some Republicans. He even received death threats and had to carry a pistol when he was in Ireland. Despite this, he never got involved in the politics of the troubles, refusing to wear British or Irish colours on his shorts.