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Harvey's Point hotel's resident goose retires

Harvey, the resident goose at Harvey's Point in Donegal, is to retire

AFTER almost three decades as a permanent fixture at Harvey's Point, the hotel's resident goose has officially retired.

Guests to the Donegal hotel will no doubt have seen 'Harvey' waddle his way from the lake for breakfast every morning or perhaps have been chased by the bird who did not find his favour.

But recent ill health and concern for his safety due to his vulnerability outdoors has seen Harvey retire from his duties.

The pet goose was adopted by the Gysling family after arriving at the hotel 27 years ago with a suspected broken wing and soon took up permanent residence on the lakeshore in front of the hotel's panoramic restaurant.

Harvey made headlines on more than one occasion, including when he became stuck in ice on the lake in December 2010.

Harvey also went missing for some time but thankfully he was found at the other side of the lake, quite bemused at all the attention he received upon his return home.

But ill health has led to hotel oweners Deirdre McGlone and Marc Gysling "regretfully" announcing Harvey's retirement.

He will now live at the home of Harvey's Point founder Jody Gysling whose wife Renate has tended to the gander’s needs for many years and will continue to be his loving carer.

Hotelelier Deirdre McGlone said: "We wish Harvey a long and happy retirement and there is no doubt that he will be missed around the hotel.

"Rumour has it that his son, 'Harvey 2', is currently being trained up to take over the position as lucky mascot of Harvey’s Point Hotel."

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