I have 3 sons, one of them lives near Belfast. He had been down before Christmas and on St. Stephens day he landed back. Then after a cup of tea he went away and when he came back he was upset and told us about his distressing news.
One of his friends from Mount Temple school had killed himself on Christmas day.
A married man with young kids.
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Here is a story from history
A taxi driver used to pick up a regular client at Howth around 3 am. A job to the at the airport. He was a piolet and a good guy to talk to.
He pulled up to the car park at the summit and took out his blanket to take 20 minutes rest.
He heard a car drive up and saw the rights sweep around, then the car went away. Just as he was about to close his eyes again he saw a woman in a nightdress walk past his car and head for the cliffs. He jumped out and grabbed her while she protested. He dragged her into the car while she burst into tears. "Let me die, Please let me die" He covered her with a blanket and told her that he would bring her to the Garda station. She protested wildly and in the end she told him to drive her to John Of Gods hospital in Stillogan.
Talking to her all the way he realised that by her accent that she was no ordinary common person.
When they got there the staff refused to take her in, she was discharged yesterday.
It was a cold night so he had to keep the engine running to keep her warm. Around 8 am the day staff started arriving and the driver approached a well dressed member of staff who when he saw who she was was appalled by the situation. In 10 minutes she was gone and the driver had to ask for his blanket back.
He went home and told his wife and she asked him if he had lost his mind. A nights work and a full tank of fuel and you get paid nothing. He went back to the hospital and they paid him €20!!!!! The brother of the taxi drivers wife was a detective Garda and when he got wind of the story he went over to try and unravel the tale.
"This was attempted murder"
Someone came to him and gave him an envelope with €200 "For the taxi drivers time"
His superintendent then told him that this case would be going no further, lucky for her that there was a taxi driver there on that day.