Friday, July 03, 2020

Lily Coughlan and her new friend during a family holiday near Killarney.




The young daughter of a Roscommon woman got more than she bargained for when she got up close and personal with a fawn on her holidays.

They say the early bird catches the worm, but for six-year-old Lily Coughlan, who turns seven at the end of the month, an early-morning walk in the woods near Killarney, County Kerry, proved to be an experience she’ll never forget.

Lily, her parents Aoife and Brian, and younger brother Eoin, who are staying at the Castlerosse Park Resort, ventured into the woods near their hotel on Friday morning where Lily, who was riding her bicycle, came across a fawn beside a playground.

“There’s a path through the woods between Castlerosse and Killarney which is brilliant for walkers and cyclists. The views around here are stunning and there’s so much to do for families,” explained Aoife.

“We were making our way through the woods on Friday morning when we came across a playground that was closed across from the cathedral. Lily was reading one of the signs beside the playground when this fawn popped up behind her.

“My husband Brian got out his camera and took the photo. Lily was very excited, as you can imagine,” she continued.

The Coughlan family live in Carrigaline, County Cork, but Aoife is a native of Corrigeenroe, Boyle, where her parents Tom and Marie Cooney still live.

If ever there was a photo to promote a “staycation” during the current Covid-19 pandemic, Lily Coughlan’s brief encounter with a fawn in one of the many picturesque destinations across Ireland should do the trick.


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