Tuesday the 22nd of August will be a date remembered by many in Inishowen Co. Donegal and neighbouring Derry for the devastation caused by flooding throughout the region.
Met Eireann had referred to the event as “unprecedented”. A weather warning had been in effect for the region, but no one expected the devastating level of destruction that would follow. Over 70mm of rainfall fell over a 6 hour period destroying homes, farms and businesses across the Inishowen Peninsula. Homes were devastated in large numbers in Burnfoot, Buncrana and Eglinton in Co. Derry.
Mass Destruction Caused By Floods In Inishowen, Donegal
Images had dominated the press on the days that followed highlighting the level of destruction across the North West. One local farmer recorded his lucky escape between the village of Muff and the townland of Iskaheen, see below.
Community Rallies To Support Flood Victims in Donegal
Aside from the devastation that will be felt in the months to come, what has become clear is the strength of the local community who have come together to support one another in their hour of need.
— RTÉ News (@rtenews) August 26, 2017
Fundraising initiatives have been set throughout the Peninsula which include; a campaign to repair a beloved local tourist attraction Glenevin Waterfall, that had undergone significant damage due to the storm.
A Charity concert will be held on the 3rd of September at the Aura Leisure Centre Letterkenny. The event will be hosted and supported by a number of musicians that include; Daniel O Donnell and Nathan Carter. Tickets are being sold at outlets throughout Donegal, see below.
- Dohertys Newsagent, the Diamond, Carndonagh
- Supervalue, Cockhill Road, Buncrana
- The 4 Masters Book Shop, The Diamond, Donegal Town,
- The Aura Leisure Centre, Letterkenny,
- The Cope, Dungloe
- Boyce’s Centra, Falcarragh
The concert will be hosted by TV3 personality Noel Cunningham and he will be assisted Phil Mack from the Keep it Country Music Channel.
Support for those affected by the aftermath of torrential rain is ongoing and the strength and kindness of groups and individuals near and far is remarkable.