In the early hours of March 1st 2019, Niamh awoke to the sound of the carbon monoxide alarm and the sight of flames beginning to consume the walls of the family home, an off-grid home in the wilds of Co. Leitrim, that had taken Greum 7 years to (almost) single-handedly build.
They got Greum's two children (aged 4 & 7) and Niamh's son (aged 6) out of the house and called the emergency services before trying to fight the fire themselves. They managed to free their four dogs but could not overcome the fire. The local fire brigade were there within twenty minutes but the extent of the fire required a tanker from Sligo, which was quickly emptied before draining the garden pond, but to no avail. Niamh and Greum lost everything, except each other and their beloved children and pets.
Lives are irreplaceable and we're all so glad that they got out when they did and bar some bruises and deep cuts, they were unscathed. There is nothing left, no photos, no clothes, no furniture, no jewellery, no tools, no food, no toiletries, no toys, no school bags or lunch boxes or kitchenware or linens, nothing to make a cup of tea in or drink one out of, no mementos of times past or gifts from friends, no family heirlooms...no home.
Friends and locals have rallied around to provide and donate basic essentials and they have somewhere to stay temporarily but they now find themselves with the daunting task of building a new house and breathing life into it for a new future while grieving the loss of their beautiful home.
Whatever you can spare to help them start over would be hugely appreciated, they would never ask so I'm doing it for them.