You will recall that Michael and Daniel spent time on Bere Island over the summer, I’m sure. It’s a small island off the west coast of Cork. My sister’s partner’s parents have a house there. In conversation with a classmate, Michael discovered that his (the classmate’s) grandmother was from there and they owned the nearest house to my sister’s partner’s parents where the classmate went for Christmas. All three of them were there at the same time over the summer and it is almost unbelievable that they didn’t run into each other but they know for future reference and the classmate’s mother has told me that none of their outhouse doors are locked and the boys can help themselves to canoes etc if they are back again. If I’ve told you this before, I’m sorry but I have reached the age where I am allowed to repeat myself.
A retired colleague dropped in to the office before Christmas and a couple of us went for coffee.
Still working colleague: How are you getting on?
Retired colleague: Great, well, my health is good which is a great thing.
SWC: Yes, at our age that is a great thing. A friend of my husband’s was swimming in the sea in Kerry last summer and started to feel unwell. A man in the sea with him (a stranger to him) happened to be a GP. He asked the friend if he was ok. He said not. The GP brought him to shore where he collapsed.
RC: The exact same thing happened to me when I was in Kerry with friends over the summer. They are both doctors and this man collapsed who had been out swimming and they went to help. It was very dramatic, the air ambulance landed beside the beach and all the cows ran to one corner of the field.
SWC: And this man had to be airlifted to Cork where he was treated for a brain bleed.
RC: He was airlifted to Cork but we never heard what happened.
Yes, yes, it was the same man, same beach and, you will be delighted to hear that, although it was touch and go for a while, the man has made a complete recovery and just had an appointment with his doctor the other day who said he was fine. Retired colleague said his doctor friends had been wondering what happened and now he would be able to tell them the good news.
I know – though I do feel living in Ireland is like this a lot of the time.