Saturday, 22 June 2013

Reinventing the wheel ... or square tyres for square wheels?

Square Tyres and Square Parts ... signs seen in Tallaght this evening (Photograph: Patrick Comerford, 2013)

Patrick Comerford

So often we joke about reinventing the wheel. But I was taken aback by this business sign opposite the Stadium in Tallaght late this evening.

Two of us had spent the afternoon in Portrane with my Lynders cousins, handing over gifts collected for the charities in Romania and Albania supported by Hand to Heart, and for the great sale at The Quay on the August Bank Holiday weekend.

The broad stretch of sand on the Burrow Beach in Portrane, Co Dublin, this afternoon (Photograph: Patrick Comerford, 2013)

Although yesterday was Midsummer’s Day, there was no sign of summer on the wide stretch of sand below us. The tide was out, and a few families were playing on the beach, but the rain was coming down in bursts and small showers.

After a few hours at the Quay, we stopped again at Donabate, but the rain was still pouring down, the waves were choppy, and the rain showers could be seen far out in the Irish Sea.

Mist and rain on the beach at Donabate this evening (Photograph: Patrick Comerford, 2013)

We drove on down past the Island Golf Club and along the southern rim of the peninsula. The tide was out and the estuary between Donabate and Malahide looked more like mud flats and marshland. In the choppy waters, our people were making brave attempt at sail-boarding.

Square Parts ... Square Tyres ... Square Wheels ... Square Cars or reinventing the wheel? (Photograph: Patrick Comerford, 2013)

On the way home, I had to stop when we saw this sign in Tallaght. I wondered: Do you need to have Square Wheels to have Square Tyres fitted? And apart from Square Parts, do they fit round parts, triangular parts, pyramidical parts?

It reminded me too of the old adage that when the new shopping centre was built in Tallaght a few decades ago it was called the Square because no-one on the site could spell Pyramid.

Yes, I was up early this morning. The international and sporting event of the day must have been the first test match in the Lions’ tour of Australia, with dramatic tries and a even more dramatic climax.

Meanwhile, there is no need to feel like a square peg in a round hole. Plan ahead for that sale in Portrane on the August weekend. It makes a difference to many people in Romania and Albania.

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