Pat Shingleton: A Scare While Cutting the Turf
In Ireland; "if you see the mountains, it's about to rain, if you can't- it's raining." Ivar Quigley, is recognized as a champion turf cutter and often "cut the turf." He would then set it aside to dry in the warm sun as the dry peat is later used as a heat source. Within the fireplace, the "clamp of turf" has a pleasant aroma. On this date in 1968, in Connemara, Steven Coyne, with his family of seven, was collecting peat and noticed a 12 foot long beast with a long, slender neck, no eyes, two snail like antennae, slick, black skin and two humps on its back with a flat tail. In 1954, a Connemara librarian, Belinda Finnegan, sister of Junior, saw a similar creature while fishing with Kevin Kimble, Tim O'Brien and Greg Eaton.