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Farrell tragedy similarity

The tragedy in the last days on Co Cork’s Sheep’s Head peninsula is uncannily similar to another drowning, 35 years ago, at the same, remote location.

In fact, a plaque marks the spot, at the inlet known locally as The Cove, just below the house where the men were staying last weekend.

This is where the British-born, Booker Prize-winning author, JG Farrell, fell into the sea, while fishing from rocks during a storm in 1979. His body was also recovered days later.

Having read last year of Farrell’s untimely demise, I visited this wild, beautiful stretch of West Cork coastline, while holidaying there in the summer. So sad to hear of it again, for such similarly tragic circumstances.

David Marlborough
Co Dublin


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