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Betty’s rapid response!

Wednesday, 7th March, 2018 4:12pm

By Marie O'Shea

When the snow began to get heavy in West Cork last week, Betty Hennessy got on her quad bike!
The Ballinascarthy woman and her son braved deep snow drifts to come to the aid of a neighbour who needed farming help in the wake of the storm.

Speaking to Patricia Messenger on C103’s 'Cork Today' programme, Betty emphasised the sense of unity that brought rural people together when bad weather struck.

“Events like this, you really realise how important and how great it is—how lucky we are—to live in such a great countryside and have such a great community spirit,” she said.

Even on her all-terrain vehicle, Mrs Hennessy found the landscape challenging to navigate.

“It’s a great little machine to get everywhere, but at the same time you needed a shovel because there were drifts across the road,” she said.


Asked how this storm compared to the last big snowfall in 1982, she didn’t hesitate.

“I remember ’82 well. I was walking to my aunt’s to help her. This was just amazing. This was way worse than that,” she said.

Even before the storm, she was well known in the area as a supporter of heroic work through her fundraising involvement with West Cork Rapid Response (WCRR)

She was a lead organiser of WCRR’s 'Jeep for Jason' campaign, which raised funds to equip Dr Jason van der Velde, a CUH emergency department doctor and local volunteer medic, with a jeep for emergency call outs.

Betty did not forget to credit others who rose to the occasion in the storm either.

She concluded: "A huge thank you to the Cork County Council and local people who came out and cleared the roads. And a big thank you to the emergency services."

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