Murray Family House Fire Recovery

In the early hours of Tuesday morning the 29th of December 2020, a fire ripped through the house of Pat and Attracta Murray at Corrydonlan, Rathowen, Co Westmeath. A family home that contained the life long possessions, treasured memories gone in a matter of minutes. Having spent a life time working hard to raise their family, now in these golden years it should be a time to enjoy watching their grandchildren come and go, enjoy the fruits of their labour, but their world was thrown upside down in a matter of minutes. The fire engulfed the house and were luck to escape with their lives. Pat had just celebrated his 90th birthday, time was not on their side and lost everything except the clothes they were standing in.

Both Pat and Attracta are great community people. Attracta was very active in the local ICA, her embroidery the envoy of many and her creations regularly displayed as a token of her God given talents on the altar of the local church.

Pat is a fountain of local knowledge recollecting stories and family history of past generations. His dedication to the local graveyard in maintaining and ensuring it looked its best for cemetery Sunday. His quiet, unassuming nature ensured that the grave of a loved one was dug and lovingly attended to at a time when many families were grieving.

The Murray family you could count on in times of need, true neighbours were there when called upon. Now, we Rathowen Community Development are asking if you could please support our efforts to help raise some vital funds to rebuild their home through the go fund me page.
On behalf of the Murray family and Rathowen Community Development we thank you for your kindness and generous support.


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