Friday 19 January 2018

Brave Philip (15) will continue to fight rising tide despite hospital scare

Philip Kinsella (15) suffered an asthma attack
Philip Kinsella (15) suffered an asthma attack

David Raleigh

A boy rushed to hospital after working around the clock to protect his home from floodwaters has vowed to carry on fighting against the rising tide that threatens his house.

Brave Philip Kinsella (15), along with his twin brother Jake and older brother Luke (16), laid 500 sandbags around their home in Clonlara, Co Clare, as the River Shannon overwhelmed the property.

The teenagers, whose father died by suicide three years ago, became local heroes for their sterling efforts in helping neighbours and friends protect their properties.

On Sunday, as the water rose to dangerous levels, Philip became weak and suffered an asthma attack after spending all night staving off the deluge.

Speaking at his home yesterday, Philip said he would not rest until his home was flood free. "Yeah I will go out again if it keeps getting worse," he said.

His mother Bridget thanked "the kindness of strangers", including a "secret Santa" who sent a voucher for the local butchers and the Irish Muslim Flood Appeal Committee.

"It's just unbelievable," she said. "I cried on Saturday. I just felt so isolated because I don't have any family here."

Irish Independent

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