Good People Live In and Around Lurgan, County Armagh, Northern Ireland


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If you keep your eyes open and are kind, you may see an opportunity to do a good deed. This is true everywhere, including Lurgan, County Armagh, Northern Ireland: 1) On Boxing Day (the day after Christmas) 2012, Margaret Irwin, age 72, of Lurgan ran into trouble when the battery of her mobility scooter ran low while she was traveling from Rushmere to her home in Carrick Drive. She said, “I don’t know why I had decided to take the paths through Craigavon instead of the way I usually go. I was told it was shorter but I think it was longer plus the hills take more power out of the scooter. It wasn’t that long after leaving Rushmere that the [warning] light [telling her the battery was running low] came on. I got into a bit of a panic. I was terrified of not making it home.” She continued, “Nobody even looked near me until this man stopped and asked me if everything was okay. I told him what was wrong and he said he was going to go and get his car so he could follow me and make sure I got home all right. He followed me in his car and I’d say he must have stopped eight or 10 times on the way to make sure I was all right. It normally takes me three quarters of an hour to make the journey. On Boxing Day it was a lot longer. I wasn’t home until about 1:30 p.m. I was like a drowned rat when I got home, but that didn’t matter. The main thing was I got home.” She did not get the man’s name. She said, “The man saw me right to the front door, but he said he had to go in a hurry because his wife had his dinner waiting for him. I thanked him at the time, but I can’t thank him enough. The more I think about it, I can’t get over how kind he was and how much he went out of his way to help me.” 2)  Lyn Patton of Bleary, Northern Ireland, is thankful that such a person assisted her mother in August 2013, and she contacted the Lurgan Mail (Lurgan, County Armagh, Northern Ireland) newspaper in an attempt to properly thank the Good Samaritan. Ms. Patton said, “Mum was out for a walk with my brother’s son when she took ill. She was only as far as the top of Dean’s Road, not far from my house. She took out her phone to phone me, but dropped it and it wouldn’t work. She got herself into a state and lots of cars were driving past. She was afraid of her grandson getting out into the road. A woman in a white jeep stopped and helped her. My mother told her I was only down the road so she came down to the house and got me. She came back to the house the next day to check if my mum was alright, but I didn’t get her name. I’m hoping she reads this and calls back down to the house as we want to give her a token of our appreciation for what she did for mum.” 3) In November 2007, a girl lost her handbag in Lurgan train station. Fortunately, a Good Samaritan found the handbag. Inside was a library card that contained the girl’s home address. The Good Samaritan then visited the girl’s home and returned the handbag. The woman’s mother said, “I told my daughter the bag would never be found. But this stranger went out of his way to find our address and return the bag with all the contents — not a penny was missing. I am just sorry I missed him to thank him personally — it gives you hope there is a bit of goodness out there. I would like to take this opportunity to thank him; it is the least we can do.”

For Further Information: “Margaret (72) thanks Good Samaritan who got her home.” Lurgan Mail (Lurgan, County Armagh, Northern Ireland). 4 January 2013

For Further Information: “Plea for Good Samaritan to return to scene of good deed.” Lurgan Mail (Lurgan, County Armagh, Northern Ireland). 22 August 2013

For Further Information: “HandbagSamaritan.” Lurgan Mail (Lurgan, County Armagh, Northern Ireland). 27 November 2007

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