Tuesday 26 September 2017

Kind-hearted locals open up homes to flood victims

Families flooded out of their houses can spend Christmas together thanks to the generosity of two couples who have offered up free homes
Families flooded out of their houses can spend Christmas together thanks to the generosity of two couples who have offered up free homes

David Raleigh

Families flooded out of their houses can spend Christmas together thanks to the generosity of two couples who have offered up free homes.

Bus operator Joe Lawlor and his wife Marian, in Co Limerick, have offered to accommodate two adults at his family home and even give them Christmas dinner.

Meanwhile, Clare guesthouse owners Victor and Geraldine McSweeney, will give - free of charge - a three-bedroom house for a month to any family made homeless by the floodwaters.

Mr McSweeney, who runs the Hazelwood Lodge guesthouse in Ballyvaughan, said: "I was listening and reading the stories about the families that have been displaced by the foods, and I just felt, giving the time of year it is, to offer the house to whoever needs it.

"It's in Shannon. It's a three-bedroom house close to shops and close to the town centre," he said.

The house, which is currently up for sale, "is fully furnished".

"It was an investment property for me and my wife. It's up for sale but the sale won't go through for a few months yet," Mr McSweeney, a father-of-three, said.

"All they would need are bedsheets," he added.

In Fedamore, Co Limerick, the Lawlors will put up any homeless flood victims, with Christmas dinner included.

"We have two rooms available in our home for whoever had the misfortune of been flooded," said Joe (62).

"They can join me and my wife for the Christmas period and have the Christmas dinner too, if they want.

"We all like to help the elderly, and maybe there is a brother and sister, or a couple, out there who have been flooded and who need a house," he added.

Joe also offered flooded communities the use of his inflatable boat and a Land Rover 4x4 which has an attachable hoist.

Irish Independent

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