It’s time we started lis­ten­ing to the ‘craturs’ in our so­ci­ety

Irish Independent - - Comment -

BILLY KEANE (‘Cof­fee, Bour­bon creams and watch­ing clouds – the min­i­mal­ist recipe for liv­ing a con­tented life’, Ir­ish In­de­pen­dent, Septem­ber 26) re­minded me of how com­mon the term “cratur” is.

I reg­u­larly meet a fel­low Mun­ster woman on the bus who greets me: “There you are, cratur – how are you?”

Tom is one of the many peo­ple we meet who sleep out and would eas­ily fit that de­scrip­tion. What he missed most dur­ing the early lockdown, he told us, was a boiled egg. Get­ting one now with a hot mug of cof­fee is like win­ning the Lotto to him.

Of course, the term “cratur” would never ap­pear in the many re­ports pro­duced on poverty. But isn’t it time to lis­ten to what the “craturs” of this world are say­ing to us as we strug­gle to find hope in these strange times?

Is John B qui­etly prompt­ing a new play: The Cratur, by Billy Keane?

Alice Leahy

The Alice Leahy Trust, Dublin 8

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