Aftermath

1 07 2012

Well things have started to settle down a bit after the surprise events of last Thursday.

The flood waters have subsided, the cleanup has begun and in a lot of ways Clonakilty is back to normal.  A lot of shops have bounced back surprising quickly, there are more than a few premises with stacks of debris outside showing the red and green Clon flag and displaying signs saying flooded but still open.

There are however more than a few scars showing. The number of houses with piles of ruined furniture and personal belongings  sat outside on the side of the road is staggering. What is really saddening though is when you realise just how many of these families aren’t insured or have insurance which won’t cover them.

More than 125 cars have been destroyed and will have to be written off, in the majority of cases the payout received will fall far short of the cost of finding a safe, reliable, roadworthy replacement.
To give you an example, in the case of my mother she has been told she will be lucky to get €700 after the €250 excess has been taken into account.

Now whilst I am sure there are some bargains out there for a €700 car most vehicles in such a price bracket will be an absolute turd on wheels.

Moving away from Clonakilty itself and the more obvious costs of the flooding a lot of rural roads have been absolutely destroyed. We aren’t just talking damaged we are talking decimated.

These pictures are of the back road from Rossmore to the Clonakilty technology park which I use for work each day, it looks less like flood damage and more like the after effect of carpet bombing- apologies for the quality of the pics it was lashing down with rain so I took them from the car.

Fun hey? Let’s seem them fix this with a bucket of tar and a shovel!

 

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Clonakilty Flooding 2012

28 06 2012

I woke up at 5 this morning to a text from my Mum, she was sat in her bedroom with our dog looking out the window and crying.

The reason for her early morning tears, our house had flooded.

View from our house this am

She woke up to the dog making an odd sound and found it swimming around in the hallway with dirty water halfway up the stairs, what a way to start a Thursday.

It isn’t just the house that is ruined, her car which was parked outside is also a write off.

Still at least she can take consolation in the fact that she isn’t alone. Over 70mm of rain fell on parts of Cork last night and there is no access in or out of Clonakilty or Douglas due to over 4ft of flooding. According to an ESB spokesman there are 13,000 homes without electricity at the moment.





Spicy shrimp pasta salad

14 06 2012

 In honour of last weekends double birthday and our recent engagement we decided to throw a bit of a party last Saturday.

Now even though the weather seems to have decided otherwise it is actually Summer here in Ireland and as such that means it is time for me to break out the BBQ.

If there is one thing that every good BBQ needs to really tip it over the edge it is pasta salad…

Yeah, yeah I know what you are thinking how old school and boring can you get but I love pasta salads.

As for being boring my spicy shrimp pasta salad is anything but!

 

Ingredients:

500g fusilli or farfalle pasta

200g shrimp (shells and heads removed)

2 red bell peppers

1 piri piri chilli (you can use a jalapeno if you like)

1 large dill pickle

Good quality full fat mayonnaise (I make my own but you don’t have to)

Heinz tomato ketchup

Juice of 1 lime

1 tbsp cognac/brandy

2tsp Smokey Paprika powder

1tsp Cayenne pepper

Salt and Pepper to taste

Method:

Cook the pasta, drain and set aside to cool

Cook your shrimp and leave to cool (if you are tight for time this is one of the only times I would advocate those bags of frozen shrimp)

Deseed and chop your bell peppers into 1/4 inch cubes

Finely chop the dill pickle

Combine together equal amounts of ketchup and mayonnaise with the cayenne pepper, paprika, lime juice, chopped chilli and brandy and mix until you have a light pink coloured sauce with a nice smooth consistency.

Add the pickle, bell pepper and shrimp to the pasta and mix together well, then pour over the sauce and make sure everything is well coated.

 








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