Well, it really has been a mixed weekend.
My 15 year old son and his two friends were beaten up quite badly and robbed on Friday evening. Christian and his mates are three good, quiet kids who are into their music, girls and not even in their last year at school.
On Friday evening, three low-life scum in their twenties, set about punching Chris's mate in the face - then proceeding to kick him to the face and head while unconcious. The more sickening element to the story is that Chris's mate is a young, small, thin lad who barely looks thirteen.
Chris went in to stop the lads from killing his mate only to be turned on himself.
I've been hunting these vermin for the past few days, and in one respect I'm glad I haven't found them. Chris tells me that while the violent attack happened, people were looking out of their windows. No-one came to help. What a sad indictment on our society.
Then, last night, by way of complete contrast, Shane Lynch (formerly Boyzone) came to my Church. I was really taken back by this bloke. Outwardly, he looks like a right menance, tattooed up and down his arms and neck, shaved head - but inwardly, a really sound, humble guy. He didn't want to sit at the front. In fact, he sat at the back until his 'spot'.
Afterwards, Shane stopped around for a good half an hour, chatting to all the kids, having photo's taken, signing autographs and even chatting to a small crowd of women from the Boyzone fan club. When I say women, I don't mean girls, I really do mean, women - women in their thirties, that made me snigger a bit to be honest.
What did make me laugh was this photo of Jack and the wording on his T-Shirt. I know Boyzone split up ages ago, but this seemed to be rubbing salt into the wounds...