Before you read this, remember it’s from 1967 – the language is really cool, not always PC, but never meant to be offensive. So, here it goes: You can get everything you want…

And walk out. You know, if one person, just one person does it they may think he’s really sick and they won’t take him. And if two people, two people do it, in harmony, they may think they’re both faggots and they won’t take either of them. And three people do it, three, can you imagine, three people walking in singin’ a bar of Alice’s Restaurant and walking out. They may think it’s an organization. And can you, can you imagine fifty people a day, I said fifty people a day walking in singin’ a bar of Alice’s Restaurant and walking out. And friends they may think it’s a movement.


I’m sure that I did mention the song Alice’s Restaurant before. It’s one of my favourite songs and it doesn’t make it onto the radio very often because it’s really long, like: really long. It’s by Woody Guthrie’s son Arlo. It’s also a film. An absolute classic, like Easy Rider, Once Upon a Time in the West, Harold and Maude, Into the Wild…

Arlo in his wisdom describes in the song word for word what is now happening.

Family by family “walk out” their sons (it is mostly sons) from nursing homes.

Family by family are reminding their elected representatives and their government that their children have a right not just to health care but a right to a life with dignity and respect.

Family after family are reclaiming their children’s right to health care and to their human rights.

It’s no longer just one person. It’s no longer something that can be put aside as something strange, unusual, “off”.

There are so many families now that we are really an “organisation” – and will soon be seen as a movement. Because that is what we are. An Saol is a movement that will change the lives of the injured, it will change the hearts and minds of health professionals, as well as that of society.

Join the movement. Do what you can to support us.

And: wish us luck with the climb up that “hill” in Co. Mayo tomorrow. And: wish Ruth a great birthday party tomorrow evening – she asked her friend to support the An Saol Project, rather than giving her presents.