A little Irish boy has written a note to Iarnród Éireann, begging the company to continue running their Sligo to Dublin service, a service which is regularly used by his sick mum.
Six-year-old, Darragh Walsh, from Sligo, had read in local paper, the Sligo Champion, about the potential closure of the Sligo to Dublin route, and was quite distressed to learn this fact - as his mother regularly uses the service to travel to the capital.
He penned the following:
To Irish Rail, I seen on the Sligo Champion that you are closing the Dublin-to-Sligo train.
Please don’t, because my mum wants to get to the hospital to see the doctor. Please don’t close the train.
A spokesperson for Irish Rail chatted with the Sligo Champion and said:
Darragh’s letter was a timely reminder that behind discussions, about funding the future of rail transport and infrastructure are very human stories and realities.
Lots of people, including Darragh’s mother, rely on our services for essential travel, including hospital appointments. It was clear, from Darragh’s letter, that he is caring for, and looking after, his mother while her hospital visits continue. To thank Darragh for his letter, Irish offered him and his mum a free train journey.
We’ve made contact and will set up the journey for whenever they choose to travel. We’re grateful Darragh took the time to write his excellent letter.
Just goes to show, the pen is mightier than the sword.
Keep writing, Darragh. You're the best.