I would think that was pretty out of the ordinary BsB.I do know that things are much better for gay peope in Ireland, that's why the story shocked me.
I'm not sure a referendum on gay marriage would have passed in the UK, and I'm sure it wouldn't have passed with the percentage it did in Ireland. The progress Ireland has made on gay rights is astonishing.
I think I was shocked on a few levels.
For a start, I'm not daft enough to think that gay people don't still get subjected to some hassle. However a stabbing seemed particularly extreme.
I also thought that whilst places like Dublin tend to have more of a "gay scene" and so seem more tolerant, inevitably as a bigger city they also have more violence and crime. If it had happend in Dublin it would be just as bad but I'd probably have been less shocked.
So such a serious attack with a knife in what I understand to be a small town just seemed to be newsworthy.
And as I said, after my own (comparatively very, very trivial) encounter with a local (white, British accent, didn't ask his religion) feral youth, it had made me feel fed up with living in a big city and lusting after moving somewhere "nicer", which to a person born and raised in a big city I suppose inevitably is going to be a unrealistic vision of somewhere a lot smaller.
However it makes me wonder if it's just a daft fantasy - are there any "safe" areas anymore? Any small places where people know each other and you're not likely to get stabbed in the street?
It was really the brutality of the attack combined with the location which got to me.
I suppose it was really a thread about the false perception some city dwellers have that there's a nicer, more innocent place out there.
Perhaps there isn't.
Small towns are pretty peaceable in the main.
Some, for example, Kinsale, Youghal and Kenmare, when the Healy Raes arn't in town, manage to be both interesting and unthreatening.
Not Dunmanway however.
For now, lets call this random, and exceptional, and hope that's all it is.