Monday 26 September 2016

'I can’t see how she’s going to get through it' - daughter of woman who lost son and friend in house blaze makes heartbreaking appeal

Catherine Devine

Published 11/05/2016 | 19:31

Destroyed house in Macroom and inset Kenny 'Kenneth' Relihan
Destroyed house in Macroom and inset Kenny 'Kenneth' Relihan

The daughter of a woman who lost her son and friend in a tragic house fire has appealed for help getting her mum back on her feet.

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Norín McAuliffe's son Kenneth 'Kenny' Relihan and friend Noel O'Mahony lost their lives in a blaze in Macroom, Co.Cork last week.

Norín escaped after she jumped from an upper window of the terraced house to escape the smoke and flames.

Her daughter Sinead told Cork's 96Fm that her mother is "broken-hearted".

Kenny Relihan (27) who died in the fatal house fire
Kenny Relihan (27) who died in the fatal house fire

"I can’t see how she’s going to get through it. She’ll be okay physically; mentally I’d say she’ll never again be okay."

Norín had several broken ribs and a broken shoulder and is currently in hospital learning to walk again.

“I’ve been down there (the house) every single day… to see if there was anything left to salvage but there was nothing there.”

Sinead managed to save her brother’s equestrian gear, which she donated to the church.

“It was really important to him… he loved the equestrian centre.

“Everything else is gone. There’s nothing, 42 years of family memories gone completely,” she said.

Sinead explained that the council had no insurance.

She said “it could take six months, it could take longer” in the current rent crisis to find her mum a new house.

“She has absolutely nothing, there’s nothing left.”

Sinead has set up a GoFund page to raise money for her mum Noreen.

“She needs clothes, shoes, the smallest things we take for granted. I’m trying my best to keep busy trying to get everything sorted for her.”

“She’s very upset, and angry. She’s going through all the emotions. She’s horrified. She’ll need a lot of counselling, we all will.”

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