seems nobody batted an eyelid recently when, in a high-profile gangland trial, the accused – who was found guilty of possession of a gun in suspicious circumstances – pleaded for leniency to the judge by asserting that he grew up in Cabra, ‘an area associated with criminality’. Nothing could be further from the truth. And that slur on one of the great communities in the capital should be struck from the public record. Any casual visit to Cabra will demonstrate a thriving community boasting active sports clubs with a great emphasis on looking after the elderly and with beautifully tended public areas. The Papal helicopter will land in Cabra in a fortnight when the Pontiff stays in the Papal Nunciature on the Navan Road – and Pope Francis will be as safe as houses.