New year and new beginnings as the bells of Shandon ring in 2023

New Year’s Eve soon, eh? Another one down. I’m not sure what your own plans are for the night — whether you have a long evening of festivities in store, for instance.

(I can recall a December 31 many years ago when I stepped — heavily — on a woman’s foot in a late-night hostelry; when she reacted angrily her male companion said, ‘It’s New Year’s Eve in a disco, what did you expect?’ Which rather defused the situation all round.)

It’s always been an interesting time of the year in Cork without counting the odd contretemps in the nightclubs