Posted by Royal on March 27, 2007 at 13:59:15:
I came across an article, which describes an incident like something out of a John B. Keane novel.
There lived in Castle St. a guy named Bill Fergus, who worked in Dwyer’s Coach-factory in Ellison St. The property in Castle St was taken over by the late Pat Lavelle, Upholsterer & is now a Ladies Boutique.
It was a scorching hot summer’s day when Bill decided to go for a swim up in Lough Lannagh. He swam across the lake to the far side near the old fort, when he was faced with the sight of a bull charging him. The young bull, the property of Michael Quinn, Ellison St., had become crazy with the searing heat. Bill did the only thing he could & turned around to swim away quickly but the bull was so ferocious that he followed him and close on half-way across,when he could feel the hot air from the animal’s nostrils on his head, Bill dived & got himself into a position where he gained a hold on one of the bull’s horns. Despite severe injuries to his arms, he succeeded in getting astride the animal & pushing it’s head downwards, eventually drowning the bull.
There was a large crowd up at Lough Lannagh to witness the incident & Bill became an overnight hero & the story made the national ‘papers.
Lastly before anyone says it – the story is true – no bull!
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