Every Cloud Has a Silver Lining…

by Jim Breen on April 2, 2013

Michael O’ Leary has been ordered by a court to pay €250 to Cycle Against Suicide in response to his recent speeding offense. I cannot help but appreciate the poetic justice of having the king of the clouds become our silver lining. I suppose this must make us one of the first if not only fringe benefit associated with Michael O’ Leary in recent times – two phenomena’s that religiously refuse to walk hand in hand, but of course, we are not talking about a walk here but a cycle.

A Cycle that is gaining momentum as the days and weeks are passing. Route detours, permits, permissions, promotion are all part of the daily package now which come to think about is not at all unlike the day job of the great overseer of Ryanair himself. In fact should Michael decide to join us on April 22nd, I imagine he would feel right at home and from our point of view he would make an ideal participant and a welcome one at that. He would have great sympathy for the structure of our routing, he would understand the importance of adhering to our arrival times and it would be familiar music to his ears to hear that thunderous applause on reaching our various stopovers and ultimate destination.

Of course, like Ryanair, it wouldn’t be all plain sailing. There might be a few bumps on the roads, a few uphill struggles and the niceties of life might be sparse and intermittent as the real challenge of the event kicks in. But it is for a cause and whatever can be said about the man, he is never without a cause.

So Michael, please accept our invitation to pack on a helmet, don some raingear and hop on a bike to join us in our Cycle against Suicide on April 22nd.  As the master at turning a misfortune into a fortune, here is an ideal opportunity, if not for you, then for all of us here. We would be delighted to have you and should you be on speaking terms with your pilots and stewards, then bring them along too. Who knows, by the time this goes live, you might even have the crew at Aer Lingus on board.

But to conclude Michael, as a man who has no time for extras can we sincerely thank you for that bit extra you have added to our pot. As well you know, Sir, every bit helps.


With thanks to Yvonne Joye, the author of Ten Fingers and Ten Toes, her debut book and a true story, for capturing this story for us. Yvonne also has a weekly column in the The Kerryman ‘The Joyes of Life’ and is a contributor to the Irish Independent and the Irish Examiner.

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