Thursday 27 June 2019

From the very white weddings to amazing ICU nurses - the most heartwarming acts of kindness that happened in Ireland during Storm Emma

Some scenes from around the country after Storm Emma hit Ireland
Some scenes from around the country after Storm Emma hit Ireland
Kathy Armstrong

Kathy Armstrong

As heavy snow sent Ireland into into lockdown during Storm Emma, people across the country pulled together.

While treacherous roads and a Status Red weather warning suspended everyday life, we saw some truly heartwarming geatures.

Here are some of our favourite feel-good moments from the past few days:

When snow came to a little girl in ICU

Children across the country were delighted to make the most of the snow - building snowmen, sledding and playing outside with their friends and family.

Holly is in the Intensive Care Unit in Our Lady's Crumlin while she waits for a heart transplant so she couldn't go outside but the kind-hearted nurses ensured she wouldn't miss out.

Snow heroes who helped a stranded ambulance

When this ambulance got stuck in the snow in Dublin during an emergency call, locals rushed to help them to get back on their way.

Those who helped couples to pull off a white wedding

Couples who tied the knot this week were probably hoping to enjoy spring sunshine on their big day but Storm Emma meant they ended up with a very white wedding instead.

Laura McDonagh and James Twomey feared they would have to postpone their wedding in Cobh, Cork on Friday due to the treacherous conditions but kind locals had other ideas.

After her sister Lisa appealed for help on 98FM's Opinion Line, Gus Tennant stepped up, using his 4X4 to bring the bridal party and other guests to the church.

Bride Laura McDonagh makes it to Cork Cathedral with the help of some locals during Storm Emma, March 2018

Saying thanks to our heroic emergency workers

Our dedicated frontline emergency workers proved what heroes they are through their tireless work during Storm Emma.

Dublin Fire Brigade were delighted last night when Dominos Pizza and Firehouse Pizza sent their on-duty crews food on Friday night to say thanks.

These animal lovers who went above and beyond to care for our four-legged friends

Several feet of snow wasn't enough to deter the dedicated staff from the Dublin Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals from their duties.

They braved the elements to make sure that more than 200 animals at their Dublin centre were fed and cared for.

WATCH: Dublin airport police rescue baby hare from the snow 

Volunteers who risked their safety to help rough sleepers

While the majority of us spent Storm Emma in our warm, safe homes, there are many people across the country who aren't as fortunate.

The volunteers from Inner City Helping Homeless put their own safety aside to provide vital and practical support to vulnerable people across the capital.

Farmers and County council crews who pulled together to clear the roads

When the roads were impassable council crews and farmers were among the first to begin to clear and grit them, helping emergency vehicles to continue with their important work.

Here are some of the random acts of kindness that readers witnessed during Storm Emma:

Our neighbours all checked on each other, dug out cars that were stuck, cleared paths and picked up shopping where needed. It was a really good reminder of how important strong communities are.

Via Facebook

I did not panic buy so I was left with very little, I did not think of the aftermath, so silly of me.

My friends and neighbours were very good to me, I had a fairly full fridge by the time people stopped knocking at my door

Via Facebook

We got stuck in the snow and the neighbors and a guy with a massive car that was carrying special tools has been helping people all day, I don’t know his name but thank you.

Via Facebook


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