Beyoncé’s tumblr blog contains a number of striking images from her recent trip to Dublin. Among them are photographs from her concert but also some Dublin street scenes, ones featuring smiling schoolgirls, men in giant leprechaun suits and some of the city’s famed street performers in action.
One picture stood out more than the others, and it is one many Dublin residents will be used to seeing: a man, contorted and asleep in a doorway, quite obviously the result of paralysing drunkenness.
The man may be homeless. He may be a drug addict. He may be an alcoholic. He may be all three. Or maybe he drinks once a year and was unlucky that this photo was snapped by one of the world’s biggest pop stars while he was experiencing his annual hangover.
But whatever the story is behind this particular man and this image, it would appear to be indicative of a general problem with drink and drugs in Irish society that needs to be addressed.