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Tuesday 24 January 2017

Meet heroic man making treacherous journeys across floodwaters to help marooned residents

Geraldine Gittens

Published 03/01/2016 | 18:31

Meet one of the heroic farmers who is giving up his days to ferry his marooned family and neighbours across treacherous floodwaters in Athlone.

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George Dooley from Mukanagh, Athlone has been transporting his family and friends across two-foot deep waters. However, hazardous 10-foot deep flooded drains lie at either side of the tractor’s path.

For the last four weeks, George has been making this trip several times a day to transport his young grandchildren, daughter Carmel, and other locals to the mainland.

“You just don’t think about [the danger]. You just get out,” Carmel said.

Residents of Mukanagh anticipate that they’ll be at the mercy of the kindness of George and others for the next two weeks.

George said: “You get no work done during the day on the farm. You’re in and out all day, out to mass at night.”

“It’s costing a fortune in diesel. It’s very hard on diesel plumbing through the water. I’ve used four times diesel than I would any other time.”

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