I see that an Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has accepted an invitation to launch this year’s Feile an Phobail, or the West Belfast Festival as it used to be known, a decision which understandably will inject more excited speculation into the chatter surrounding a Sinn Fein-Fine Gael coalition bromance come the next general election in the South.
These days Feile an Phobail is a much more respectable event than it used to be, not so long ago, when the organisers made little pretence about who was really running the show.
The climax of the Festival would come on the last night when there would be a concert in Ballymurphy, usually near Springhill Avenue, the heart of Provo support in the estate, and at the culmination of the concert a group of armed and masked IRA volunteers would make an appearance to the hysterical delight of the crowd.
The manifestation no longer happens but the question lingers: have they really gone away?
Welcome to the den, Leo.