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Riders of the storm – 1912

Dún Chonchúir (Conor's Fort) Inishmaan Photo: Eckhard Pecher Wikimedia Commons
Dún Chonchúir (Conor’s Fort) Inishmaan
Photo: Eckhard Pecher
Wikimedia Commons
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HOPKINSVILLE KENTUCKIAN 14TH MAY, 1912 P3
HEARD ONLY CALL OF DUTY

Brave Irish Physician Scorned Danger when welfare of patient was at stake.
The talk of how Dr. O’Brien of Innismore braved the Atlantic storm to help a sick patient has made all the western Ireland ring with his praises.
He received a wire that his services were urgently needed on the island of Innismaan, but the storm was raging so fiercely that he had difficulty in finding a crew willing to put to sea.  At last he succeeded and the corragh (sic.) – a small canvas boat – started on its four and a half mile journey through the surging waters that ran with terrific force between Innismore and Innismaan.
It was a life and death battle all the way, half the men striving to keep the boat headed across the straits while the rest bailed out the water that was continually shipped.  At length Innismaan was reached, the patient’s life was saved and the return journey began.

The Mac Donnchadha home, Inishmaan.  Bríd and Páidín MacDonnchadha hosted John Millington Synge here each summer from 1898 to 1902. Photo: Eckhard Pecher Wikimedia Commons
The Mac Donnchadha home, Inishmaan. Bríd and Páidín MacDonnchadha hosted John Millington Synge here each summer from 1898 to 1902.
Photo: Eckhard Pecher
Wikimedia Commons
By that time a regular hurricane was blowing and several times the doctor and his crew seemed on the point of death when they happened upon some trawlers at anchor, with which they sheltered till a lull in the tempest enabled them to make a dash for the shore.