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Limerick O’ Shaughnessy family launch GoFundMe following house fire



O Shaughnessy GoFundMe – A Limerick family are without a home following a devastating Storm Franklin lightning strike and need support.

Limerick O’ Shaughnessy family launch GoFundMe following house fire

By I Love Limerick correspondent Ava O’Donoghue

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Storm Franklin caused havoc across the country, leaving mass destruction behind.




A fundraiser has been set up to support the O’ Shaughnessy family from Ballyhahill, whose family home was engulfed in flames following a lightning strike during Storm Franklin last weekend.

Margaret and Tony O’ Shaughnessy were in their family home on Sunday night when they smelled smoke coming from the upstairs area. In no time at all, smoke started to fill the house as a blaze consumed the roof and attic.

Due to the raging Storm Franklin, fire services from Newcastle West, Foynes and Rathkeale were unable to save the house. Gale-force winds and terrible weather conditions made their efforts to control the blaze extremely difficult.

Margaret, Tony and their two young children escape the blaze uninjured, but were forced to watch their family home burn to the ground, left with just the clothes on their backs. Their two other sons were not home at the time, as they were away at their respective colleges in Limerick and Cork.

Last week saw the country battered by numerous storms, which have caused huge damage and inconvenience to many around the country.  Storm Franklin and Storm Eunice have subsided in recent days, but the destruction caused to families like the O’ Shaughnessy will continue to be felt in the months ahead.

Since the GoFundMe campaign was established two days ago, the family have received great support. Organisers urge anyone capable of donating to do so, helping out the O’ Shaughnessy family in their time of need.

To donate to the O’Shaughnessy family GoFundMe page, go HERE

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