The wind wrenched away any tears on Asli's or my cheeks at the starting point of Slea Head - the most westerly point of Europe, also a memorable film location for much of the recent Star Wars saga. A moment long-anticipated but short lived in the gale-force winds.
A good starting day, and after special kindness (free service) from David O'Sullivan's cycles of Killarney, I was into the warm hearth and heart of Fiona O'Donoghue, who presented this dark and intriguing fact to me:
Traditionally, Irish fisherman don't learn to swim, originally this was because they would die faster and more easily if they were overboard, rather than struggling to a slow and freezing. It then evolved into bad luck, as a fisherman who knew how to swim would be made to one unfortunate day.