Sunday 21 January 2018

Hard to believe that just five months ago the very same sea licked our toes

The prom in Lahinch that received major damage during storm that hit the West coast over the weekend. Pic: Gavin Gallagher / SCP
The prom in Lahinch that received major damage during storm that hit the West coast over the weekend. Pic: Gavin Gallagher / SCP
Billy Keane

Billy Keane

The heroic men on the Kerry County Council pumps barely saved Ballylongford. The tidy, proud village is about a mile in from the fastest flow of the River Shannon.

On Sunday, a mad unforeseen tide surged up the inlet at a relentless, unstoppable pace and right into the heart of the village. Then 22 homes suffered varying degrees of damage from the surging waters. And 22 families are without flood insurance after another disaster ruined their homes 10 years ago.

The neighbours huddle in little groups outside Ballylongford Church at the funeral of John Francie Ahern from Beale. John Francie was in his 80s and was a feisty, humourous character who loved to tell stories.

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