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Tuesday 2 September 2014

Unlucky family catch a break

CHRISTINE DOHERTY

Published 15/02/2012 | 11:16

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A DROGHEDA cab company has become a virtual ' knight in shining armour' for a local family which has endured terrible bad luck in the past few months.

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The Drogheda Independent ran the story last week of the Parkes family from Mornington, who were virtually marooned in their home.

Both parents were on crutches after falls and the kids had been unwell. They just didn't know where to turn.

After reading our story, Michael Keelan from Abbey Cabs offered to give the family free transport until they are back on their feet – literally!

'We read the extraordinary story about David Parkes and his family and we wanted to help them until them get themselves back on their feet,' said Michael, who set up the company with Paul Byrne.

The two men, who are only in business for three months, feel that as part of the community, it is important to help others in times of needs.

Paul Byrne, who lives in Millmount Abbey, said: ' We all at some stage in our lives experience runs of bad luck, some more than others and our hearts went out to all of them.'

'We are glad that David has accepted our offer and hope, in some way, it will help alleviate some of their troubles,' added Michael.

David Parkes said Abbey Cabs have been ' brilliant' and have ' saved us a fortune' in taxi fares to hospital and GP appointments as well as doing basic tasks such as shopping.

He also wanted to thank his 'wonderful neighbours in Mornington, their friend, Catherine Cleary, and Samantha's mother, Bridget Proudfoot, for all their assistance over the last few weeks. The Mornington resident is also full of praise for Paul Byrne from Bettystown Wado Karate Club, who has been bringing his son Shane up and down for his weekly training sessions.

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