Friday 30 January 2015

'Bad start to new year' for Galway businessman forced to temporarily close store after floods

Published 06/01/2014 | 10:09

Claddagh & Celtic will temporarily close its doors while flood damage is repaired

A Galway businessman must close his shop for around a week and a half after floods destroyed his floors and cabinets.

Jeweller Niall McNelis store was flooded after the high tides and strong winds caused flooding in his Claddagh & Celtic store, close to the Spanish Arch.

This is not the first time his store was affected by flooding, but not to the same extent as this flood. The Corrib burst its banks yet again this morning, but floodwaters did not reach the shop.

" There was no wind this morning. The wind that was there didn’t push waters up as far as me," he said.

"It's a bad start to the new year, but nobody got hurt. That’s the main thing."

Although Mr McNeils' stock has not been affected, the list of repairs needed is quite extensive.

"It's a confined space. Everything has to be cleared out. I have to replace floors, socket, cabinets and fuse board," he said.

"It's a very old building. The sheers volume of water has done a lot of damage."

Mr McNeills, who also works as a city councillor, said the main priority now is to get help to the businesses that need help.

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