The next six years could set us back a century
Last Friday, Micheal Cottrell took us from Baltimore, back up the estuary of the winding Ilen River to the stone bridge at Skibbereen.
Micheal, like his brother Cathal, helps crew the Baltimore lifeboat. Seawater runs through his veins. But he is also versed in local history, wildlife, as well as the etiquette of encounters with scullers on the river.
Because of course this is the same river where Paul and Gary O'Donovan hone their skills. So Micheal sometimes slows the rib to spare the scullers being bothered by his wash.