A father and son who have been living in an abandoned bus on the outskirts of Cork City have received the welcome news that they will no longer have to endure such appalling conditions.
Patrick Walsh who cares for his son Adrian since he suffered a brain injury after an accident in the UK, had moved to the derelict bus near Blarney after previously living in a van at the docks in the city.
They had been getting support from Adrian's mother before she passed away suddenly in May.
The father and son have been forced to wash in a nearby river and the water often attracts rats which they struggle to keep out of the bus.
However, thanks to the generosity of neighbours, strangers and various charities, Patrick and Adrian will no longer be forced to live in the abandoned bus and will be moving into a mobile home.
Speaking to Patricia Messinger on C103's Cork Today Show this morning, Kate Durrant who lives near to Patrick and Adrian, said that since the Walsh’s story had come to the attention of the public, there had been several generous offers of accommodation.
Up until now, the offers had been unsuitable as the father and son needed to be near to those helping them and also close to the city to attend medical appointments.
A GoFundMe campaign was launched to help Patrick and Adrian, the funds of which will be made as a contribution to a mobile home supplied by Blarney Castle Estate.
“We did a GoFundMe and people very generously donated, so we have about €2,000.
“Vincent de Paul are very generously helping out as they so often do behind the scenes in so many situations we know nothing about, but we still hadn’t got enough, so Blarney Castle Estate are giving us a mobile [home] for the contribution we can make towards it financially,” Ms Durrant explained.
The mobile home contains two bedrooms, a fully kitted out bathroom and shower room and a sitting room.
"Willie O'Brien has agreed to move the mobile home to the site for free which is so generous of him.
“To think that this time next week that those two gentlemen will be sitting in their sitting room, putting the kettle on, which they haven’t been able to do for a long time, in a warm house, looking out on the place that has become their home, their little dog will have somewhere to sleep – isn’t it just how life should be for everyone?” Ms Durrant continued.
Arrears accrued with Cork City Council have also been paid off by kind-hearted strangers and the father and son are now on the housing waiting list.
Ms Durrant thanked everyone who offered help or donated to the GoFundMe, which is still open to donations.
“This is only happening because of the kindness of strangers,” she said.