Blacksod aftermath shows true meaning of 'it takes a village'
I suspect many people had never heard of Blacksod Bay prior to the tragic events that took place last Tuesday. I certainly had not. But poignantly, the whole country's love and breathless, tentative hope have been captured and shepherded westwards to Blacksod to meet an incomprehensible tragedy, all the more catastrophic as it is our saviours, our heroes, our rescuers who have been lost.
Our thoughts naturally turn to the families affected.
As details of the late Captain Dara Fitzpatrick's life emerged, it quickly became apparent that she was one of life's truly extraordinary human beings. Her heartbroken family said that her son Fionn "has a village around him now who will raise him on her behalf".