SIR – Two weeks ago, while travelling in Ireland with my mother and my niece, we decided to visit Skibbereen.
We were sobered by the information at the Heritage Center and cheered with the film of Loch Hyne and the scientific research going on there.
We stayed late and then went to a local and had some of the best fish and chips ever in our lives (and some of us have been around for a while)!
After dining, we set out for Cork, where we were staying, in deep dusk. I drove and missed the signs for Cork.
I headed uphill and continued going uphill into ‘the great dark.’ There are almost no lights in the countryside and the signs meant nothing to us as they were not on the map we had, and soon we were thoroughly lost.
Just as we had decided to turn around and muddle our way back, hopefully, to Skibbereen, we encountered a woman walking her dog. When we stopped and asked her the way to Cork or Skibbereen, she began giving directions.
The turns at lanes, houses and byways were too much and she could see by our glazed eyes glowing by the light of her torch, that we were well and truly lost. She then directed us to turn around, go the house with a light on the door and wait.
Soon she appeared in her car, without the dog, and began leading us back to the road to Cork. After many twists and turns she got us to the entrance on the road to Cork.
We would like to thank Skibbereen, for having such a fabulous resident, and to extend our heartfelt thank you to her, Our Angel of Skibbereen.
Deborah JT Harvard