The shocking tragedy visited upon the Harte and John McAreavey families and the genuinely close-knit GAA community in Tyrone evades words to describe. Nothing suffices to say; it’s the sort of horrible mystery that tests faith to infinity. Mickey Harte and his family will never recover. Time doesn’t heal; it just faintly dulls the pain.

What it has done is made people think of what’s important, and what’s trivial in a material world where celebrity is constantly confused with reality, and given a credence that’s both laughable and sad.