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In the wake of the storm: Before and after photos of Irish bar show extent of Philippines devastation

The tiny island of Malapascau, and the ‘Evolution’ resort run by Irishman David Joyce, were in the direct line of the storm when Haiyan hit nine days ago.


[Image: Evolution Diving/Facebook]

THE ISLAND OF of Malapascau, in Cebu Province, is just 2.5km long. It was a ‘direct hit’ when Typhoon Haiyan made landfall in the Philippines.

The photos here show the ‘Craic House’ — an Irish-themed bar and restaurant attached to the Evolution Diving resort on the island.

The owners of the company, including Irishman David Joyce, have been spearheading the relief effort in the area for the past nine days — raising cash through an internet appeal and delivering emergency and building supplies to locals in the area, which Joyce says was “completely flattened”.

The above photo was posted on the company’s Facebook yesterday with the title ‘Typhoon Relief of a different kind’.

Pictured are instructors Dannie Holmstedt and Nick Greenop alongside “committed typhoon aid workers Mike and Douglas who decided to spend the final 2 weeks of their holiday helping Malapascua”.

TheJournal.ie has been in contact with David Joyce via email over the last few days. We’ll have the full story up early tomorrow morning.


[Image: Evolution Diving]

Read: Gilmore: Irish people expect us to play our full part in Philippines relief effort

Also: Up to four million children affected by Typhoon Haiyan

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