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Say what you will about Ir­ish Wa­ter, but they know how to bring peo­ple to­gether. The anti-wa­ter cru­sade brought a whole new class of per­son out on the street. Now it’s pos­si­ble to meet a pro­tester who won’t start cry­ing when some­one says, “Good news, I’ve found you a job”. So get out there, find a cause and find a friend.

You’ ll need to get your hands on an old-age pen­sioner. (If you’re not one your­self.) All that trekking around the coun­try for marches and stuff can start to add up. Un­less you score a com­pan­ion pass with some oldie on the free travel. (If you are won­der­ing why an OAP needs a travel buddy, you have ob­vi­ously never seen one of them try­ing to nav­i­gate the au­to­matic ticket bar­rier at Heuston Sta­tion.)

This com­pan­ion scheme al­lows you to travel all over the coun­try for free. It shouldn’t be hard to find a will­ing oldie. Re­search shows that old peo­ple will travel any­where for a day out, as long as you prom­ise to get them home in time for Na­tion­wide. So make sure you get your sched­ul­ing right.

Let’s face it, your dad isn’t go­ing to go with you. It doesn’t mat­ter if he 100pc agrees with your new cause. Dad will still say, “What are you do­ing hang­ing around with that crowd?” That’s just the kind of guy he is.

So, chances are, mammy is go­ing to be your protest buddy. One minute, you are en­joy­ing a po­lit­i­cal rant with the per­son in the seat op­po­site. The next minute, you’re lis­ten­ing as mammy tells said per­son, “I told him it would be more in his line to get a girl­friend, but he said he’d rather get in­volved in this and make some new friends be­cause he’s fierce lonely, god help us.” You might want to have a plan for that.

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