A Kias’ house has now been saved from the wrecking ball.
The Kiais’ two-storey home in Murchison, Co Mayo, was destroyed when the building collapsed during a storm last week.
But they had managed to keep it afloat with the help of a nearby building.
“I think it’s one of those things where you have to do everything, no matter how small, to save it,” said Kiaisha Kiely, whose husband is a builder.
“If you’re lucky you get some wood.
If you’re unlucky, you don’t.”
“I don’t have a lot of money to spend on repairs, so it was a good thing to keep the roof up and not fall,” said the Kiaishes’ neighbour, David O’Connor.
A small group of volunteers helped out on Friday night, while the remaining six occupants were able to spend the day indoors and enjoy the weather.
Despite the disaster, the Kias are confident their home will be rebuilt.
Construction of a new home has started on their farm.
“It’s a dream come true to be able to own a house, build something and then have it be destroyed,” said Mr O’Brien.
They have already begun to plan for what they hope will be their future, including buying a new vehicle to use in the future.
(ABC: Michael O’Sullivan) “We’ll see what happens,” said Mrs Kielys.
She added that while she was concerned for her husband’s health, they were also grateful for the help they had received from the community.
“We’re grateful that people have stepped up, not just on our side, but on the community’s side,” she said.
“I just think it speaks volumes about our community that it’s so well cared for.
It’s amazing to see people in a position of authority helping people.”
The town council said it would help them with the repairs, but that there were still many unanswered questions about the collapse.
“The council has not been able to confirm or deny that the building was being repaired,” a council spokesman said.
Kiaisha said she would be “very thankful” if anyone could help them.
“It was definitely a scary thing, but we did manage to get the roof on and the roof was there,” she told The Irish Sun.
Her husband, who was working as a builder, said the building “wasn’t bad” but he had to leave his job to keep working.
“I’ve been working with the community for so long, it’s not like I’m going to be leaving,” he said.
“But we don’t know where we’re going to go from here.”