MARCH

Sunday Independent (Ireland) - Life - - THE LOVES OF MY LIFE -

In the UK, there was a rush for Ir­ish pass­ports due to a fear of Brexit, but sure, that wasn’t go­ing to hap­pen ei­ther. Not in the real world, baby!

Mitt Rom­ney was call­ing Trump “a fraud” and a misog­y­nist, but over here the old lock­er­room talk was still sound­ing pretty quaint, with Martin O’Neill re­mark­ing that the pres­ence of wives and girl­friends at the Ire­land base in France for Euro 2016 would “de­pend on how good-look­ing the girls are. If they are re­ally at­trac­tive, they’re very wel­come. The uglier ones, I’m afraid not.”

The great shock was that Conor McGre­gor lost to Nate Diaz in Las Ve­gas, and there was con­ster­na­tion, too, at the an­nounce­ment that Maria Shara­pova had failed a drugs test at the Aus­tralian Open. Which only added to the sense of ten­nis as a steam­ing cesspool of sleaze, al­ready es­tab­lished by many sto­ries of match-fix­ing, in­clud­ing a dec­la­ra­tion by No­vak Djokovic that a few years ago he had been of­fered $200,000 to throw a game.

On such things did we ex­pend ou­trage, not­ing in pass­ing that Hil­lary Clin­ton had de­clined to ex­plain her sur­prise de­feat in Michi­gan by Bernie San­ders. And that in the end­less epic of gov­ern­ment for­ma­tion, Michael Healy-Rae had de­clined to rule him­self out of be­com­ing a Min­is­ter for Ru­ral Af­fairs.

Ire­land in gen­eral de­clined to do any­thing too crazy around the dreaded 1916 com­mem­o­ra­tions, with one mil­lion peo­ple at­tend­ing the Easter Sun­day and Easter Mon­day out­ings in Dublin. While from a far­away land of which we know noth­ing, we read that Mikhail Lesin, a for­mer aide to Putin, had died of “blunt force” in­juries that were orig­i­nally thought to be a heart at­tack.

There was also some­thing about Putin back­ing Trump, but hell, re­mind us, what planet was all that on again?

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