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Derek Healy with Crocker Byrne (left) & Thomas Coughlan watching  a group of residents from York Street, where Gloucester Diamond fire victim Derek Healy is from, the residents organised a charity football match where the Under 25's took on the over 25's for the fire family at the Pearse in Crumlin today. 7/12/2014

Derek Healy with Crocker Byrne (left) & Thomas Coughlan watching a group of residents from York Street, where Gloucester Diamond fire victim Derek Healy is from, the residents organised a charity football match where the Under 25's took on the over 25's for the fire family at the Pearse in Crumlin today. 7/12/2014

The scene of the fire at The Gloucester Place this morning.

The scene of the fire at The Gloucester Place this morning.

Derek Healy and Charlene Murphy with baby Mila Murphy. They escaped from a burning building on Gloucester Place Lwr, Dublin 1 last week

Derek Healy and Charlene Murphy with baby Mila Murphy. They escaped from a burning building on Gloucester Place Lwr, Dublin 1 last week

Mila Murphy (3 months) and and her aunt Lola Murphy (2) who are recovering from the fire at their home at Gloucester Place on  Tuesday November 25, 2014.

Mila Murphy (3 months) and and her aunt Lola Murphy (2) who are recovering from the fire at their home at Gloucester Place on Tuesday November 25, 2014.

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Derek Healy with Crocker Byrne (left) & Thomas Coughlan watching a group of residents from York Street, where Gloucester Diamond fire victim Derek Healy is from, the residents organised a charity football match where the Under 25's took on the over 25's for the fire family at the Pearse in Crumlin today. 7/12/2014

The family left homeless after a fire ripped through their city home have been heartened by the level of support from friends, neighbours and strangers since the blaze.

Derek Healy was forced to throw his three-month-old baby Mila from a third floor window into the arms of local hero Mark Furlong when the fire broke out at Gloucester Diamond off Sean McDermott Street on November 25.

Six members of the family were hospitalised after the blaze, with Mila's mother Charlene Murphy and grandmother Edel receiving broken bones as they jumped for their lives.

Neighbours

Yesterday it was the turn of Derek's neighbours around his native York Street to get together for a charity football match and raffle to raise money for the family.

Their local Aungier Celtic braved the cold and got together a team of under-25s to play a team of over-25s at Pearse Park in Crumlin and also held a raffle to help Derek and Charlene replace all they lost.

"It was a great day, and the under-25s came out on top with a score of 6-3," said Neil Lancaster, who helped organise the event.

"That wasn't bad. It was 5-0 at one stage," he laughed.

The group hope to have raised somewhere between €15,000 and €20,000 for Derek and his family.

"I just want to thank everybody around York Street for what they did, and also thank everyone who has been such a help and support since the fire two weeks ago," Derek Healy told the Herald.

"Edel is still in hospital and she will be there over Christmas because she broke her leg very badly," he explained.

"At the moment we're all living with our families in different houses," he added.

"We are hoping to get somewhere permanent after Christmas, but it certainly won't happen before then," Derek explained.

"But we'll have Christmas together somewhere, thank God," he added.

cfeehan@herald.ie


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