The sun shone, the Angelus bell rang out along the river, an effort was in progress to elect a new Taoiseach when we arrived in the Lee Clinic in Cork. I was there with Ann and Kathleen to receive my biopsy and scan results from the previous week. The biopsy has shown the presence of cancer in the upper oesaphagus. It’s disappointing but it was always a possibility. It is a ‘local reoccurrence ,’and the fact that it has been picked up on so early, that the rest of my body is clear, that I have responded positively to radium before and that the medical team are prepared to deal with it opens up a way through it. ‘Second line treatment ‘ seems to be the way forward. As Bishop Ray said to me, ‘ I need another great dose of courage.’ I will be finding out in the next week the response of the medical team. Their care and professionalism inspires me. I’m in good form, and appreciate your concern, prayers and good wishes.