Retired soldier living in fear following arson attack

David Hurley

Reporter:

David Hurley

A RETIRED army private says he is living in fear following an arson attack near his home this Wednesday night. Garry Kirwin, who lives with his wife Noreen, at Roseview Drive, O’Malley Park, Southill says the situation is “crazy” and that he wants to leave the area, where he has lived for more than 40 years.

A RETIRED army private says he is living in fear following an arson attack near his home this Wednesday night. Garry Kirwin, who lives with his wife Noreen, at Roseview Drive, O’Malley Park, Southill says the situation is “crazy” and that he wants to leave the area, where he has lived for more than 40 years.

Six houses in the terraced row of houses where Garry and Noreen live are now boarded up. One of them was completely destroyed in Wednesday’s arson attck and several others were badly damaged.

Garry, who lives three doors down from where Wednesday’s fire was started, described what happened. “I was sitting down inside and I just smelt the smoke and I heard all the crackling and I came out and the whole place was ablaze. It is the kids that are doing it and they are getting away with it and it is ridiculous and it is crazy,” he told the Leader.

Garry, who retired from the army more than a decade ago, says there have been several other arson attacks in the area in recent weeks and that he is constantly living in fear.

“I can’t go to sleep at night, I have alarms all over the place - I have three smoke alarms just in case because if the smoke travels along the attic it is going to come down on top of me.

“I am fearful that my house could be next and it is crazy,” he said.

Garry suffers from bad asthma and says he has been in negotiations with Limerick City Council in recent months to move out of O’Malley Park – but they have failed to reach agreement.

“I’m sick of it, we are trying to get out of the house and we have been on to the corporation about renting a house form them but they won’t buy the one we wanted,” he said