Sunday 26 February 2017

Casement: a heart of gold in the heart of darkness

Eoghan Harris

Eoghan Harris

Jim Cogan's illustration
Jim Cogan's illustration

Local heroes like Roger Casement can also be global heroes. That's the ambition of the three women and two men of the Skibbereen Rowing Club whose local Ilen river has carried them to Rio and the Olympics Games.

Driving the coast road beside the idyllic Ilen Estuary, I often stop to watch the peaceful scene: slim silhouettes sliding along the calm surface as the sun sets.

But inside the boats, Dominic Casey's gruelling schedule calls for hearts of oak and lungs long past the last gasp.

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