Community set up fund to help fire victim family rebuild their home

People in the East Cork area are being asked to donate to a fund to rebuild a family’s home after it was destroyed by a fire which claimed the life of a 22-year-old woman.

Community set up fund to help fire victim family rebuild their home

Just three weeks ago, a fire broke out in the early hours of the morning at the Dunlea family home at New Cork Rd, Midleton.

Childcare assistant Stacey Dunlea, 22, died as a result, but firefighters managed to rescue her father Paddy, one of her sisters, and a brother.

As the family continue to struggle to come to terms with their loss, locals have come together to establish a building fund to replace their home.

It was completely destroyed in the fire, along with all their furniture and personal belongings.

Cork hurling legend Kevin Hennessy, who is chairman of the fundraising committee, said it was hoped to raise enough money to rebuild and redecorate the house as quickly as possible.

The Dunlea family have for many years been heavily associated with Midleton GAA Club and Stacey was also very involved in several local charitable causes.

“They are a very close and proud family and we want to try and get them back to some form of normality as quickly as possible,” said Mr Hennessy.

He said local businesses have been fantastic with their generosity so far.

“Midleton people have always come up trumps when the need is greatest. Any donation be it small or large will be fantastic,” Mr Hennessy said.

An account has been set up at Midleton Credit Union where people can make lodgements in person or by electronic transfer.

The account is the Dunlea Building Fund c/o Midleton GAA Club. Account number 27725 Z.

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