Sunday 25 February 2018

'I was sitting having dinner and the kitchen came in on top of me'

Bernie Kearney’s kitchen was destroyed when her car was pushed through the side of her house. Photo: Joe Boland
Bernie Kearney’s kitchen was destroyed when her car was pushed through the side of her house. Photo: Joe Boland

Stephen Maguire

A woman managed to flee from her home just seconds before it was engulfed by a mudslide.

Bernie Kearney was sitting in her bungalow having her dinner just after 8.30pm on Tuesday.

She suddenly heard a loud bang and watched as her entire kitchen was thrown across the room after her car was pushed through the side of her house by a landslide.

Terrified, she ran to the front door of her home in Urris, Co Donegal, but could not get out as it was locked and her keys were in the rubble behind her.

She managed to flee into another room before jumping through a window on to her front lawn.

Dressed in just a T-shirt and trousers, Bernie was forced to stand in torrential rain as she desperately phoned neighbours and friends.

A car is sent through the back of Bernie Kearney’s bungalow by a mudslide in Urris, north Donegal. Photo: Joe Boland
A car is sent through the back of Bernie Kearney’s bungalow by a mudslide in Urris, north Donegal. Photo: Joe Boland

She said: "I was hysterical. I just didn't know what to do. One minute I was sitting having my dinner and the next I heard a huge bang and my kitchen was coming in on top of me."

Bernie, whose fisherman husband James died 22 years ago, shares her home with her little terrier dog.

Pictures of the devastation outside Bernie's home also show how a massive boulder made its way down the Urris Hills and landed at the back of her house.

"I'm very shook up thinking of what happened but I might not have been here at all. I have to be grateful for that."

Irish Independent

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