Gaybo, Olivia O’Leary and the State visit concert

Gaybe was magnificent as compere. It was one of his finest hours. Olivia O’Leary showed her understated brilliance and I was proud of her. Downstairs people like myself were not invited but had to goggle at the TV. Tonight I am proud to be Irish. President Mary McAleese has been majestic herself and I thank her for what she has done for the country. Martin McGuinness should have been there because of his role in Stormont and because this whole week is another milestone in the Peace Process.The Garden of remembrance, the bowed head, Cairde, Croke Park, the hurley and sliotar, HUGE progress in our time.

I am sure that a boycott was not unanimous in Sinn Fein. It was so clearly inappropriate.