Despite being out of primary school teaching for a decade and a half, the last day of June never fails to stir in me a long-conditioned response – a little frisson of something between relief and regret.
Turning on the BBC evening news last week I watched incredulously as some young man bragged about taking over a car park for an Eleventh Night bonfire and somehow he bizarrely tried to claim the moral high ground by saying this action was part of his culture.
After a few hours of shocked silence from Sinn Féin on Monday Gerry Adams’s ambivalent response to the DUP-Conservative deal indicated that the party would go back into a Stormont executive, the only question was when.
In political terms, yesterday's Anglo-Ulster Agreement (what else can we call it?) represented good news for the DUP, possibly offered some short-term respite for social and economic problems here and, perhaps most significantly, left Sinn Féin between a rock and a hard place.
As talks between the DUP and the Tories inevitably roll on and direct rule comes ever closer, at least we can thank the largest unionist party for focusing on the things that really matter - how they can eke out more power at Westminster.