Over 200 trees destroyed by Storm Darwin
COMMUNITY spirit was much in evidence as a small army of friends and family members helped an Ardfert garden centre get back up and running after the devastation caused by Storm Darwin.
Liscahane Nursery and Garden Centre re-opened on Saturday - ten days after hurricane-force winds knocked over 200 mature trees at the business. Its speedy recovery was all thanks to an extraordinary 'meitheal' of family members and friends of the nursery's staff who worked non-stop in a huge clean-up operation. It was a show of community spirit that has been replicated right across the county following the violent storm.
Owners Don Nolan and Bill Cooley - who also operate an official Met Eireann station at the nursery - said that Darwin raged at hurricane strength in a sustained blast at the site, as it knocked trees that had sheltered the garden centre for over three decades like skittles. Trees that came down at the front of the centre blocked the main Ardfert/Tralee road for over a day.
As staff and customers now readjust to a far more exposed garden centre, Mr Nolan thanked everyone who formed what he described as an 'extraordinary meitheal' for their hard work over the ten days following Darwin's violent visit.
"Thanks to everyone who took part in our meitheal we have been able to reopen in time for the start of our busy season. It's incredible to see just how much we were able to achieve with that help in a relatively short space of time."