This phrase, which I overheard on the street today in Dun Laoghaire, adds great flourish and emphasis to the standard ‘you’re looking very well’. You can also be fierce upset or fierce busy in Ireland. In my first week back I am feeling fierce well altogether myself.
Maybe it’s the street where we are staying, ten minutes’ walk from my childhood home and from the sea.
Or the morning we spent on the sea shore, climbing the rocks and looking for crabs.
Being there for my little nephew’s birthday.
My membership card for the Irish Writers’ Centre arriving in the post.
Bumping into old friends at the Sunday market in the park.
Sitting out in the back garden with my mother and knowing that for a change we have time on our side.