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Hero farmer saves fisherman

A YOUNG farmer hailed a hero for sparking a dramatic rescue of a stranded fisherman has has said he believes he was simply “in the right place at the right time” when the incident happened.

John Grant was tending to sheep near Clonmany in Co Donegal when he thought he could hear someone shouting for help out at sea.

He then drove on his quad bike to a nearby beach to try to listen again when he spotted arms waving in the air.

John, 23, who also works at North West Memorials in Muff, revealed: “I just couldn’t believe it. I knew I had heard something but nobody else had.

“It was only when I actually focused on the sea that I could see this person flapping his arms and waving for help.

Vanessa’s role on The Midwife

Vanessa Redgrave is to appear on-screen in BBC drama Call The Midwife for the first time, after previously narrating the show.The veteran actress has featured in three series in voice only playing Jennifer Worth, the writer whose real-life stories formed the basis of the show.

Locals rallying around Laura

A TIGHTLY-knit community is rallying around a young teacher who is battling a rare form of cancer. Laura Hickey from Ashbourne, Co Meath has been diagnosed with mixed-cell lymphoma and desperately needs potentially life-saving specialist treatment at the world renowned Sloan Kettering Cancer Centre in New York.

Laura, who is now 29, has been battling the cancer for the last four years and her health has been further compromised by an underlying hereditary spleen condition which leaves her open to major infection. She needs €60k for a life saving operation in the US. More info on www.thelaurahickeyfund.com