The end of another year, that is; and as we stagger drunkenly towards the precipice of 2010, it's time to reflect on the year that has been 2009.
The apex of the year was, indubitably, the Irish Six Nations Rugby Grand Slam, our first in over sixty years, and only our second ever. My money is on a repeat performance in 2010.
By contrast, the nadir will have been Ireland's failure to qualify for the football World Cup in South Africa, of which the less said, the better.
That being said, the year held highs and lows for everyone, many of which remain, naturally, subjective. It was a year of achievement for many, a year of challenges for others, a year of opportunities for all, some taken, some not.
Personally, there were certain things that I wanted to say this year but didn't, and certain things that I did say which perhaps (on mature reflection) might have been better considered.
I was going to end the year with a joke, but perhaps a song instead, courtesy of Mr. Bear McCreary and Sahneknuffi
Maybe 2010 will be the year we make contact...
Happy New Year, everyone.