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Stranded: A day in the life of the people threatened by continual floods

'This is happening too often. This problem should be part of a programme for government'

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Vinny Hartigan leaving his home in Siddane outside of Gort by Boat. 
Pic:Mark Condren
28.2.2020

Vinny Hartigan leaving his home in Siddane outside of Gort by Boat. Pic:Mark Condren 28.2.2020

Hughie O'Donnell in 2009.

Hughie O'Donnell in 2009.

Hughie O'Donnell and Nora McLoughlin lay sand bags at Kiltartan Church outside of Gort. Pic:Mark Condren 28.2.2020

Hughie O'Donnell and Nora McLoughlin lay sand bags at Kiltartan Church outside of Gort. Pic:Mark Condren 28.2.2020

Vinny Hartigan leaving his home in Siddane outside of Gorth by Boat. 
Pic:Mark Condren
28.2.2020

Vinny Hartigan leaving his home in Siddane outside of Gorth by Boat. Pic:Mark Condren 28.2.2020

Hughie O'Donnell and his wife Kathleen who's house was flooded in 2009 in Gorth.
Pic:Mark Condren
28.2.2020

Hughie O'Donnell and his wife Kathleen who's house was flooded in 2009 in Gorth. Pic:Mark Condren 28.2.2020

Fr Tommy Marrinan at Kiltartan Church outside of Gort. Pic:Mark Condren 28.2.2020

Fr Tommy Marrinan at Kiltartan Church outside of Gort. Pic:Mark Condren 28.2.2020

Joe Rock at his flooded farm outside of Gort. Pic:Mark Condren 28.2.2020

Joe Rock at his flooded farm outside of Gort. Pic:Mark Condren 28.2.2020

Joe Rock at his flooded farm outside of Gort. Pic:Mark Condren 28.2.2020

Joe Rock at his flooded farm outside of Gort. Pic:Mark Condren 28.2.2020

Fionnan Sheahan in floods outside of Gort.
Pic:Mark Condren
28.2.2020

Fionnan Sheahan in floods outside of Gort. Pic:Mark Condren 28.2.2020

Floods outside of Gort. pic:Mark Condren 28.2.2020

Floods outside of Gort. pic:Mark Condren 28.2.2020

Locals make their way through floods outside of Gort. Pic:Mark Condren 28.2.2020

Locals make their way through floods outside of Gort. Pic:Mark Condren 28.2.2020

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Vinny Hartigan leaving his home in Siddane outside of Gort by Boat. Pic:Mark Condren 28.2.2020

As floods cause havoc in the Shannon region, Fionnán Sheahan meets with some of those most affected in Gort, Co. Galway.

The praying survivor

She still gets emotional when she sees flooding. Kathleen O'Donnell's eyes well up in her bar, Johnny Walsh's, in The Square in Gort, Co Galway.

You can replace anything, but the trauma of it, you don't ever get over

The family home they lived in back in 2009 in Beagh outside the town is gone now. It had to be demolished after a fateful night when the water rose up to the top of the doors. The O'Donnells were evacuated by helicopter as the house couldn't even be reached by boat.