Then there were the Americans. On balance, these were older academics, committed to a career in academia. Some brought their families. Charley Clark and Terry Langan were in this latter category. They also brought a positive outlook and a sense of humour. Then there were those who travelled east to Ireland and added to their numbers while in Cork. One of those additions is now about to represent Ireland in the Winter Olympics. Brendan Newby is one of a handful of Irish competitors. We wish him well.
Brendan is a halfpipe skier. The sport is describes as a dangerous one where competitors have to perform a variety of tricks. Brendan should have the genetics. His father, Van, survived amongst the econ in Cork. Van had to perform some tricky routines himself during one assessment session - but that's a whole different story.