He didn’t stay the night – not because the 300 tent spaces had been sold out (they had) but because we decided that we’d keep something for next year. This was Rath Cairn, the one and only Gaeltacht in the East of Ireland, in County Meath. And Pádraig had got a day ticket for his birthday.
As far as summer festivals in Ireland go, it couldn’t have been more authentic. The field was mucky, the skies were grey, the rain was falling, everything and everybody was cold and wet, but: full of good spirit, good humour, enjoying the craic and the music.
And next year, Pádraig will bring a tent.