Next time you go to County Kerry there may be more drunk drivers on the road.
Kerry County Council has passed a motion to let some rural denizens drink even though they’re legally drunk – all in the name of fighting loneliness on the isolated windswept peninsulas.
Here’s a story we worked on today about it – it’s making news in the Toronto Star.
I remember walking from Dingle town back to our accommodations along the main road, which was lined with fuchsia hedges. Every once in a while headlights from a car whose driver had a few too many – or who just didn’t know the roads – would swing around a bend and we’d all dive into the fuchsia. It was a rough landing but better than being taken out by a car.
To be sure, if you’re a farmer in the back end of Ireland there’s nowhere to go unless you drive there. Getting in a little social life means likely going to the pub – and the move by the Council is meant to combat loneliness among those who live in the country.
This likely wasn’t as much of a problem 50 years ago – take a horse and cart to the pub and you don’t have to worry about drinking and driving.
Did I tell you at least one of the Council members is a pub owner?
Or perhaps the Council just wanted to make it official and get the word out so that the rest of us are duly warned.
There’s a car – dive!