Farmer helps Clare Post Office to re-open

The post office at Carrigaholt in Co Clare has reopened — but only because a local farmer was able to take the postmaster through flood waters from his home, one of six left cut off by the sea.

Farmer helps Clare Post Office to re-open

Six families have been stranded at Kilcredaun on the Loop Head Peninsula since a sea wall was almost destroyed on Friday last.

The main road into the area has been flooded since the sea rushed hundreds of metres inland, swamping over 250 acres of land and cutting off the families, while the Irish college has also been left inaccessible.

The area has been virtually cut off from the mainland and is being described locally as “Loop Head Island.”

Eight farmers have also been affected, but one used his tractor to get Patrick Gavin into Carrigaholt to open the post office.

“When the local post office is forced to close it affects a lot of people. I had to ask An Post to delay payments to those who didn’t get their social welfare or pension money because I couldn’t open on Monday,” Mr Gavin said.

The post master said he wasn’t worried about whether he’d be able to open the harbour-side post office today, because he was more concerned about whether he’d be able to get home last night.

“Only for a local farmer got me out on his tractor, I’d still be at home and the post office wouldn’t be open. That man came out at 8am before the high tide and that access road we used doesn’t look that good. It looks like it’s being washed away. We are also worried that if the water recedes, the main road will have also been damaged and possibly washed away too.”

Mr Gavin has also expressed concern that no one has contacted them to see how they are coping.

“All the talk has been about Lahinch and Quilty and I’m not taking from the awful devastation they suffered, but there has been little or nothing about us. I would have thought the council might send the Air Corps or Coast Guard helicopters up to see what has happened here but we’ve seen no one,” Mr Gavin added.

“The problems with the sea wall near the Irish college has been raised with successive governments over the past three decades. The ‘suits’ came down from Dublin three years ago and said it would all be sorted. Nothing at all has been done and look what has happened,” he said.”

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