They played my favourite music: Songs from Pete Seeger, Leonard Cohen, Bob Dylan and Shane McGowan. In Corke Park. For 82,000 spectators. And the Pope.

It’s too late and I am too tired to write much. About us going down to Croke Park to the concert organised for the Pope’s visit to the World Meeting of Families. I’ll be less tired tomorrow.

Just two things: We wouldn’t have been able to get in there with Pádraig’s wheelchair, had it not been for the generosity and help of some incredibly good people. And – when the Pope arrived in the stadium, someone with a voice pretty close to the voice of the late Leonard Cohen sang what must be one of the greatest songs ever, one of my all time favourites:


Whoever selected this song had not just great taste and knowledge of music, they also were extremely smart. There’s a crack in everything. That’s where the light gets in.

No truer word sung. Or spoken.