Sunday 22 September 2019

Historic pub flooded for second time in six years

A motorist braves flood waters on the R352 Ennis to Scarriff Road in Co Clare Photo: Press 22
A motorist braves flood waters on the R352 Ennis to Scarriff Road in Co Clare Photo: Press 22

Allison Bray

A publican was caught off guard as flood waters raged outside her historic pub in the West Kerry Gaeltacht early yesterday.

But Adrienne Heslin, owner of Tig Bhric, or Brick's pub, in Ballyferriter, considers herself lucky after suffering just minor flooding compared to the deluge that swamped the local landmark outside Dingle in 2011.

"This is the second flooding since 2011 when we had between one and two feet of water inside," she said of the circa-1890 pub that has been in her late husband's family for generations.

Although she got a call from a local taximan shortly after 4am yesterday to say there was severe flooding outside the pub, she said she feels lucky this time.

"It was about one and a half feet outside and just three inches inside," she told the Irish Independent last night.

She and her daughter spent the day mopping up and erecting homemade sandbags from the local beach to prevent any further breaches.

The problem emerged after the stream beside the pub burst its banks during heavy rain overnight.

That, combined with run-off from the nearby Mount Brandon, caused severe spot-flooding in the village, she said.

"The stream just can't cope with the amount of water coming off the mountain.

"It's been an ongoing problem for many decades," she said, adding she has no insurance cover due to the propensity to flooding.

"We're doing our best with makeshift sandbags, but it's not that bad."

"It's still crap, but I've done this before and we'll get through it," she added.

Irish Independent

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