A portion of the roof collapsed under the weight of the snow
Caragh Nurseries, a wholesale and retail horticultural business located just outside the village estimate that €45,000-€50,000 of damage as a result of the bad weather.
This is the cost of repairing the physical structures alone without accounting for damage to the stock. Glass houses in the nursery collapsed under the weight of the huge volume of snow that fell including a large glass house spanning half an acre which collapsed in the middle. Insurance cover does not prove for snow damage.
Jo McGarry, who owns and runs the family business with husband Ian, said: “Our business has been hugely affected by Storm Emma. Significant repairs are required out on the nursery and we are only beginning to examine our stock of trees and plants to assess the damage there. At one stage I measured 80cm of it outside our front door so it really was extreme.”
The McGarry’s and their team are hard at work at the nursery to have it ready for customers when the roads are clear. In the meantime, customers are purchasing from their website.
“All local businesses in the area have taken a big hit over the last few days. So I’d encourage everyone who can get out and about to buy a sandwich or a coffee locally, go out for lunch or dinner, buy a plant or a dress and support your local businesses,” concluded Jo.