AFTER breaking her wrist on Christmas Eve, para dressage athlete Kate Kerr-Horan (27) had to accept that 2020 was not going to start off on the same high note that 2019 ended on, a global pandemic adding further insult to injury. But the ever optimistic Kate has high hopes for the future.

When An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar confirmed it was safe to move to ‘Phase Two’ of the plan to reopen the country, he spoke of the last few months during lockdown and described how “fear has exerted a kind of gravity pulling us down, but now we find there is hope lifting us up again”.