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'If it goes I am homeless' - seaside community talk of their erosion fears

A summer home on the coast was a childhood idyll for Louise Duffy. But now it might vanish beneath the waves, writes Caroline O'Doherty

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Living in fear: Louise Duffy, who lives on Beach Lane in Portrane, beside some of the Seabees put in place as breakers to help reduce the force of the waves. Photo: Steve Humphreys

Living in fear: Louise Duffy, who lives on Beach Lane in Portrane, beside some of the Seabees put in place as breakers to help reduce the force of the waves. Photo: Steve Humphreys

Living in fear: Louise Duffy, who lives on Beach Lane in Portrane, beside some of the Seabees put in place as breakers to help reduce the force of the waves. Photo: Steve Humphreys

Louise Duffy has minded her father's ashes since before lockdown, waiting until the family can meet to scatter them to the waves on his beloved beach as he wanted.

But she has made an even bigger promise to honour her late dad's memory. She has sworn to save the house that was his pride and joy from the same waters he loved so much.

Coastal erosion has ripped away gardens, collapsed sheds, sliced a miniature golf course in half and even demolished an entire house in their small north Co Dublin community in the past two years.