Woodford Dolmen Hotel steps in after students left homeless following house fire in Carlow

'A horrific thing to happen, to lose everything...'

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The Woodford Dolmen Hotel in Carlow

The Woodford Dolmen Hotel has stepped in after students were left homeless following a house fire in Carlow Town last week.

Speaking to Carlow Live, Colin Duggan, general manager of the Woodford Dolmen, said four students in all were affected by the house fire and two have already secured alternative accommodation with only ten weeks left in the academic year. 

"We're housing two students in two different rooms for the next week or so as they still haven't found accommodation. It's hard to find accommodation with only ten weeks left. The students are final year in law," he said.

The fire occurred in the early hours of Thursday morning last week on the Blackbog Road in Carlow. The students had been asleep in their house but one of them woke up to alert the others to the blaze. 

The occupants - who are all students at IT Carlow - were treated for smoke inhalation at the scene. The damage to the house was so extensive that the students lost all of their belongings as well as their accommodation. 

A classmate of those affected contacted the hotel to see if they could help and in an incredible act of generosity from the local hotel, they agreed to put up the two students left homeless by the fire. 

Mr Duggan said: "It's an horrific thing to happen, to lose everything. Commuting is not an option for the students. One is Chinese and the other is from Northern Ireland. It's a long way to go.

"It's the least we could do, we needed to give them a hand," he added and said the hotel have a good relationship with IT Carlow - a college he says which is vital for the development of the town and county. 

The fire was the second blaze to rip through student accommodation in Carlow Town in recent months after another incident occurred at Crosbie Place on Saturday, January 12. 

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