'They've lost everything' - Cork hotels offer emergency accommodation to families worst affected by flooding
The five-star Castlemartyr Resort in Cork has extended an offer to local families in need and a number of hotels in the local area have joined the effort.
Posting on their Facebook Page, the hotel wrote that "due to the flooding in Castlemartyr we would like to extend accommodation to families in need".
People from around the country have reacted to the offer online, praising the hotel for the move.
Kathleen Armstrong wrote "nice to see a business stepping up to the mark" while mother of staff member Terri Fitzgerald wrote that the move showed "fantastic community spirit".
Over 5,000 people have reacted to the post on Facebook with over 1,500 shares.
The hotel is also reported to be collecting and dropping staff home in a four wheel drive to ensure their safety getting to and from work.
The luxurious five-star resort previously played host to Kim Kardashian and Kanye West during their Irish honeymoon.
Speaking to Independent.ie, manager Tracy Wallace said that the offer was posted on Facebook as it was the "quickest way to reach out to local people who have been badly affected".
The hotel has been experiencing power cuts as a result of the storm, which has badly affected the local area.
General Manager Cathal Lynch told Independent.ie that they have been "overwhelmed by the response".
"We work closely with the local community... I reacted to a post they posted. I put up that Facebook post and was overwhelmed by the response".
The hotel were not able to accommodate everyone that needed help but two other hotels pitched in and they are attempting to help as many as they can between Castlemartyr, Middleton Park Hotel and The Garryvoe Hotel - despite the busy time.
Lynch said that two of the worst affected families in the area have been housed at Castlemartyr main house, and will move into the self-catering lodges on January first, where "they can have them as long as they need".
"Two families in particular have been devastated - underline exclamation mark... they've lost everything".
"To see grown men crying at reception, checking in wearing only the clothes they were wearing when the army took them out the windows, it was a very humbling experience".
Lynch said that the reaction to the offer has been "great to see".
"I didn't expect what happened, we just responded to a request from the community".
"I've been contacted from people all around the country with congratulations... I think the community spirit has really warmed people".
"Great to see all the people taking about it, about Castlemarytr and all the people affected. Nothing worse than to be without a home at this time of year".
Calls for help are going through Cathal and being dealt with by the three hotels.
The N25 Cork/ Waterford Rd between Killeagh and Castlemartyr and the Carrigrohane Straight are closed due to flooding. There is flooding on the Carrigaline/ Crosshaven Rd (R612). Gardai and the Council are currently devising alternative routes.
The Lee Rd is closed again due to flooding and there is also spot flooding around Carrigrohane.
A number of roads are impassable in Midleton Town, Crookstown village is impassable, the Cork/ Kinsale Rd (R600) is impassable in Riverstick.
The N71 Cork/ Bandon Rd has fully reopened at the viaduct following flooding but continued care is needed due to surface water and debris on this route. There is also a tree down in Glanmire village (R639). The Fota Rd is passable with extreme care.