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Malachi O'Doherty

Spoil the Covidiots' fun and have a very merry Christmas

Malachi O'Doherty


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'A special Happy Christmas to students, who must be wondering by now if they are the victims of an undeclared experiment. They have been treated brutally.'

'A special Happy Christmas to students, who must be wondering by now if they are the victims of an undeclared experiment. They have been treated brutally.'

'A special Happy Christmas to students, who must be wondering by now if they are the victims of an undeclared experiment. They have been treated brutally.'

It's beginning to look a lot less like Christmas, but the cards are sent and the presents are wrapped and the tree is up. I've seen It's A Wonderful Life again and made my annual trip to the Shankill for the locally smoked salmon, but the routines have changed, of course.

Neighbours usually invite us round for mince pies and drinks. This year, we chat on garden paths on brief tentative visits. It is normally a time for keeping in touch, dropping in on people, stamping cold feet on the step and giving hugs and tasting mulled wine. Instead, we stand back and try not to breath on each other.

But since it is the season of goodwill, I'd like to take this chance to send a few greetings, if I may.


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