#Open journalism No news is bad news

Your contributions will help us continue to deliver the stories that are important to you

Support The Journal
Dublin: 7°C Wednesday 21 April 2021

'I can walk a little taller': Radio listeners donate €15k to woman at risk of losing home

The woman is in arrears of €28,000 and was facing repossession.

Image: house image via Shutterstock

THE DESPERATE STORY of a woman who was at risk of losing her house struck a chord this week with radio listeners, who have offered to help keep her family in their home.

An interview with the woman was broadcast on RTÉ’s Seán O’Rourke show on Monday.

“I’m just hoping and praying that something is going to happen that I can sort something here,” she told reporter Brian O’Connell at Cork Circuit Court, where a number of repossession cases were being heard.

I don’t have any Christmas decorations up, I don’t have any Christmas shopping done. I love Christmas, but I can’t think, you don’t think of anything else when this is going on. It’s in the back of your head the whole time.

Her case had been adjourned until May, but she was in arrears of €28,000 and was paying €500 a month of her €800 bill.

I can feel my whole body crumbling and I’m so tired, so weary all the time.

After hearing her story, over a dozen listeners contacted the show to offer their support. One woman, who wished to remain anonymous offered to pay €10,000 off the balance of the woman’s debt. Several other anonymous donations brought the total to €15,000.

“What amazes me is people’s generosity, but the thing is, going through all of this, you feel so worthless. I actually feel quite bubbly inside at the moment, I feel I’ve got a chance,” the woman told RTÉ after she received the news.

“I feel that I can walk a little talker again. I cannot honestly put into words what I feel at the moment,” she said.

“I actually think I’m going to make it through this.”

Read: These Westmeath GAA players fed the homeless on Grafton Street last night>

Read: There was a happy ending for the dad trying to find a sippy cup for his son with autism>

Read next:


This is YOUR comments community. Stay civil, stay constructive, stay on topic. Please familiarise yourself with our comments policy here before taking part.
write a comment

    Leave a commentcancel