Friday, 25 February, 2011.
The day the people decide the membership of the 31st Dáil has arrived. It is also the day (like every other Friday) when I bring cups, milk, tea and coffee etc to keep the stallholders and other market visitors refreshed on George’s Square at Balbriggan Fish and Farmers’ Market. From there I cast my vote at the nearby Combined Clubs Community Centre.
I was joined by Rob Mc Donald, a neighbour and student journalist who is making a ‘fly on the wall’ radio documentary about this election weekend as seen and heard through my eyes. Recording intermittently in the car, we set off to visit all the Dublin North polling stations aswell as one in Dublin North East at Kinsaley National School.
Gave a lift to Portmarnock resident Orna, to the Kinsaley Parish Hall Polling Station on our rounds. We finished up at Polling Station number 19 in Balscadden National School just before 10pm. A friendly crowd was gathered at Mc Cormacks, the famous local pub nearby, so we stopped for a little well appreciated refreshment there. Bought a few drinks for some ladies and gentlemen I knew there and had a great chat about farming with the renowned Brendan Hagan, before repairing home to catch some rest before the count tomorrow.
My favourite quote of day, from a lady outside the polling station at St. Cronan’s National School in Brackenstown, Swords, was as follows: ‘I HAVE JUST GIVEN YOU MY NUMBER ONE VOTE, THANK YOU FOR BEING MY VOICE IN GOVERNMENT’. After hearing that, come what may, I knew all the effort had been worthwhile.