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Fundraiser launched to help Bernard & Daisy bounce back

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A community fundraiser has been launched to help a Clarecastle man get back on his feet following a recent accident.

As covered extensively by The Clare Echo, ex Fianna Fáil councillor Bernard Hanrahan was lucky to survive a fire that burnt down his home on December 27th.

His bichon frise, Daisy woke him from his sleep and the pair managed to exit the household safely but all the contents from the house that was home for the Hanrahans for three generations went up in smoke. Since then, Bernard and Daisy have been staying with is daughter Rhona.

Bernard’s friend Seamus O’Sullivan has now set up a GoFundMe page to help both Bernard and Daisy “rebuild their lives”. The appeal was formed after several individuals expressed a desire to help do what they can to make life easier for the popular Clarecastle man.

Seamus stated, “While Insurance will go some way towards replacing the physical infrastructure a lifetime of memories and mementos have been lost in the flames”. He added, “This appeal will allow all his friends to rally round and show solidarity with a very generous community man”.

An “inevitable shortfall” is expected when it comes to the insurance, the Chairman of the Fianna Fáil Ennis Comhairle Ceanntair said. The fundraiser will assist in replacing “what was lost, in so far as it is possible to do so”.


Páraic McMahon is Head of News & Sport with The Clare Echo. The Newmarket-on-Fergus native also writes for national papers including The Irish Examiner, The Irish Independent and The Irish Times along with doing work for RTÉ, Today FM, and A graduate of Mary Immaculate College, Páraic was previously employed by The Clare Herald and Clare FM. If you have a story, tip or some feedback for him then send an email to -

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