Value for money and great people to visit

HAVING just returned from a self-catering holiday in Allihies in west Cork I wish to make a few important points amid all the bashing of ‘rip-off’ Ireland.

Forty-eight hours before we left on holiday our son fell out of bed and fractured his collarbone. In the confusion I forgot to pack the bed linen for our rented mobile home.

On arrival in Allihies my wife called to a neighbouring B&B where, without delay, Mary O'Sullivan supplied us with bed linen free of charge.

As our son was visibly in pain, with his fracture in a sling, local people were anxious to know how he was faring; some gave him gifts of sweets and, in one case, money.

Local children called to see him and stayed to play with him. Old friends warmly welcomed us.

Near Dursey Island we had lunch in a farmer's house. We had tea for two, an orange juice, two toasted cheese sandwiches, a cheese sandwich and a scone with margarine and jam all for 9.95. There is the relic of old decency in Allihies. Forget the bashing; these good, decent people should be supported.

Michael O'Connor,

18, Mill Brook Court,

Midleton,

Co Cork.

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