Duffy’s pub in Kilkelly, Co Mayo, experienced a partial collapse on 31 October, leading to a Health and Safety Authority investigation. Fortunately, five individuals residing in the building at the time avoided serious injuries and were transported to Mayo University Hospital for treatment.
Local priest Fr Joseph Gavigan expressed gratitude that no one suffered severe harm, and the community has rallied around the pub owners, Kevin and Maureen Duffy. The incident could have been more catastrophic, considering recent gatherings at the pub during the bank holiday weekend. The Duffys, who have run the pub since 1983, were deeply shocked by the event, according to the Irish Times.
Cllr John Caulfield said “There were still children in the building. You could hear crying, the sound of victims being comforted.
“We were made aware that an adult female was trapped on the ground floor. Firstly, the electricity had to be disconnected. After an hour the lady was safely removed. There was such relief amongst those gathered on the street.”