dusty, crumpled foot & mouth mats are a potent symbol of our national
For as far as you travel this land, from Duncannon to New Ross, you cannot ignore the miserable, crumpled, dusty, once-proud-but-now-shitty foot & mouth disinfectant mats that stupidly clog our collective drive-ways and business entrances. Ineffectual and ugly, a musky and dirtied shadow of their moist and germ-lethal former selves, they squat, crinkled in heaps, forlornly greeting the keen columnist's eye with a symbolic message that says, "Here I am, at once silly and profound. Go tell the people how crap they are, using me as a metaphor".
O noble mat, how truly you speak! Gone are the heady days of late February, when a confident nation set out each morning to lay new mats between gateposts or under archways, and lovingly replenished with vigorous fluid the proud and sturdy sentinels that already guarded the homestead or place of commercial enterprise. How innocent we seemed then, how thrusting and full of hope!
But those days are gone now. The squalid descent of the country since those times is all too easy to see. And the hellish misery of life in Ireland now is made all the more unbearable by the presence of our neglected, faithful mats, unpreposssessing yet somehow condemnatory, reminding us in croaky, sand-coated voices of our limp and pathetic failures in everything we aspired to.
I hope you all rot in hell.
Next week: Felix looks forward to the summer festivals!