Off Message: Shelter from the storm

Our best defence against the coming winter of discontent is the fire burning inside us, as some of our best writers remind us in our upcoming podcast

30th August, 2020
Off Message: Shelter from the storm
This year, there’s a shivery sense of trepidation in the atmosphere, with new words added to our vocabulary on the seasons

I’m not sure if people of our generation in Ireland have ever felt quite so threatened by the prospect of an oncoming winter. We all talk about the encroachment of autumn every year. (Of course, we do, we’re Irish; the weather and the seasons are our constant subject.) We read the signs – the dried-up leaves on the ground, the dying bees hovering – with the sense that every warmish, blue-sky day is our last...

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