Monday 11 December 2017

My life's work was wrecked - but I kept going

Claire Nash (centre) of Nash 19 cafe restaurant with staff Erica Poceviciute, Carol Maher, Grace Kelly and Enby Hwang. Pic Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision
Claire Nash (centre) of Nash 19 cafe restaurant with staff Erica Poceviciute, Carol Maher, Grace Kelly and Enby Hwang. Pic Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision
Ralph Riegel

Ralph Riegel

TWELVE months ago, Claire Nash was left staring at the wreckage of her life's work.

Flooding in Cork left her Nash 19 restaurant under a metre of water, and almost destroyed the popular bistro, which employed 24 staff.

Today, the restaurant has been lovingly renovated thanks to a €200,000 refurbishment and trade has now recovered to pre-flood levels.

"The recovery has only just started to kick-in as regards our trade," she said. "The depths of the recession are over and, please God, we are looking forward to a spectacular year."

Located just off Oliver Plunkett Street, the popular bistro was in the direct path of the storm surge.It drove the River Lee over the city centre quay walls and left large parts of the city centre submerged.

Claire (inset) considered herself lucky that she had flood insurance cover.

"It was really tough. I'm the type of person that always tries to focus on the positive. But that is easier said than done when you look at the sheer scale of this kind of damage," she said.

"My place was left in an awful state. But what got me through was my incredible staff and the wonderful support of our customers and business neighbours. People can be fantastic at times like this."

Irish Independent

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