The 20th British Irish Council met at Magee College, Derry-Londonderry this week.
I suppose most people would greet that news with a yawn.
But wait. I feel an odd stirring within me. It actually is a big deal and we ought to remind ourselves of that.
In my lifetime there was day after day, month after month, year after year of atrocities in Northern Ireland and elsewhere.
They are now a thing of the past. The British Irish Council is one of the mechanisms which played a part in the Good Friday agreement to help end the troubles.
And the 20th one happens not only in the place where the troubles were first sparked but it now has a peace bridge (see photo above), where the council members posed together, and it’s now called Derry-Londonderry.
That’s a big deal. We should not forget that.