Saturday 16 December 2017

Fishermen first to know

Madam – During the Easter of 2007 we had a wonderful sunny spell so I decided to treat myself to a day trip to the Beara peninsula to enjoy its wonderful scenery.

On the pier in Castletownbere I fell into conversation with the Irish skipper of a large trawler which was preparing to go to sea. Listening to the accents of the crew I asked if any of them were Irish.

He said no, that all of his Irish crew had left in the late Nineties to go building, where they would make much more money.

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