When the going gets tough, the Quills get going

A photograph posted on social media showing the extent of the flooding at Quills.
Image source: Kenmare.ie

WHEN your back is against the wall, willpower, determination and pure grit can be potent weapons and that was very much the case for the team at Quill’s Irish Gift Store in Kenmare over the past 36 hours.

There were devastating scenes early on Thursday morning when flood waters flowed through the ground floor on the premises in The Square following the destruction caused by persistent and torrential downpours that saw the local river burst its banks and pour onto the streets.

Finbarr and Joe Quill and their staff had to wade through water that was above ankle deep to try to salvage what stock they could and their plight was such that it was even broadcast on the main RTÉ evening news.

Devastation: The Square in Kenmare

In what has already been a dreadful year due to the Covid-19 lockdown and the collapse of the tourism industry, the flooding couldn’t have come at a worse time for the Quills as they tried to salvage some business from what is a very busy staycation bank holiday weekend in the town.

Thanks to the efforts of the fire service and Kerry County Council crews, the story wasn’t as bad as it could have been and the Quill family, their staff and the local community then put their shoulders to the week as the big mop-up operation got underway.

And it was a case of many hands make light work as their efforts, and those of the professional cleaning contractors engaged, have paid handsome dividends with the landmark store at the corner of The Square up and running and open for business again.

Kenmare marketing and events group, Kenmare.ie, posted the good news on social media with the message: “Well, what a turnaround for Quills, Kenmare. After being flooded yesterday and lots of hard work, they are open for business today”.

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