Rory McIlroy is one reason to be cheerful
We are in the most negative of times. But there are moments of such grand achievement that we can't stay cynical for long in the face of it.
An example of this is 21-year-old golfer, Rory McIlroy, who won his first US PGA tournament earlier in the summer.
He broke the course record by 2, his final-day score was a 10 under par and overall he was a 15 under par, which is a phenomenal result in any golfing tournament.
He has been on the professional circuit for almost three years, winning the Dubai Classic some months ago. Even Tiger Woods said recently that he didn't play as well as Rory did at the age of 18, when he could hit the strongest of drives. Sports journalists refer to him affectionately as the 'youngster' because of his boyish good looks, but 'young man' is more appropriate.
He seems down to earth, very mature for his age, gracious and respectful of opponents and the media. He is enjoying, what is for him, a great way of earning a lucrative living.
He is also on this year's European Ryder Cup team for the first time, facing the USA Team at Celtic Manor in Wales in a few weeks' time.
His popularity is evident by the reaction of one little girl who was waiting to see him perform at one of the championships in the USA. Sitting on her dad's shoulders, she called out, "Oh look, there's Rory . . . Rory!"
Unlike the great Tiger Woods, who before his spectacular fall from grace last year had become very standoffish on the tees from his fans, Rory has a likeability factor and appreciation of support from young and old alike.
Mary Sullivan, Co Cork