A CHARITY dance for a young couple with two children, who saw their dream home go up in smoke, takes place tonight.
Brendan Hourigan, Caherconlish, and Nicole Hickey, Newport, saw their home worth close to €200,000 severely damaged after the domestic fire last February.
They bought the house in Ceol na hAbhann, Caherconlish with money given to Nicole by her late father. It cost around €150,000 and they spent a further €25,000 doing it up but unfortunately hadn’t taken out insurance.
They had planned on sorting out their cover but then Nicole fell ill. While her illness may have cost her getting insurance it also may have saved her life as she was discharged from hospital that day.
Any other night she would have been in the house but becasue she felt weak she stayed in Brendan’s mother’s house. As Nicole wasn’t home Brendan stayed in a friend’s house.
After the fire swept through the house at 4am they lost all their prized possessions apart from the clothes on their back. They had to start from scratch but thanks to their friends and family Brendan and Nicole and their two daughters, Faye and Lucy, slowly got back on their feet.
They are now renting an apartment in the village but their dream is to get back in to their fire damaged home in Ceol na hAbhann.
To help them get back where they belong the local community came together to organise a benefit dance.
Caherline GAA Club, Caherconlish AFC, Caherconlish Football Club members have been out on cold dark nights in the parish and neighbouring ones selling tickets.
The dance is on this Friday, November 16 in the Millennium Centre from 9.30pm. Tickets are available on the door, from any club officer, Caherconlish shops and pubs costing €10.
A bank account has also been opened in the name of The Brendan and Nicole Benefit Fund in Hospital AIB. The account number is 04350002 and the sort code is 93-51-74.