A GROUP of 14 mothers from North Kilkenny have been stranded in New York as Hurricane Sandy batters the East coast of America writes Sean Keane. What was supposed to be the trip of a lifetime for the Mothers4Gaelic, attached to the Erin’s Own GAA club in Castlecomer has become a sobering experience.
The close friends are staying in emergency accommodation in a city centre hotel during one of the most violent storms ever to hit New York. They set out last Thursday from Dublin Airport for a pre-Christmas shopping spree and were due to fly back on Monday afternoon. However, tropical storm, Sandy had other ideas. Marie Brennan one of the women stuck in New York said they had no idea how serious things were until Saturday and that on Sunday they had tried to get an early plane home on Monday but it was cancelled at short notice. Marie and her friends were forced to book into the NewYorker hotel in Lower Manhattan on Monday night and as we went to press, the lady Gaelic footballers were waiting on details on whether or not they had secured a place on a late night flight out of John F Kennedy airport last night (Tuesday). Marie said the girls were in good from but were anxious to get back home to family and friends. “We’re fine but we just want it to be over,” she aid. She will never forget the empty streets of Manhattan on Sunday and Monday after the hurricane warning. “The place was just deserted with shops, bars and restaurants all closed. it was eerie,” she said. “And a lady in the hotel said that it was much worse down at ground zero with the wind making it impossible to move,” Marie said. Her only worry was that she was on the 34th floor of the hotel and could hear the wind scowling outside.
She paid tribute to Tom Britton of Marble City Travel. “He was brilliant and rang us every day to make sure we were alright, I couldn’t compliment him highly enough,” she said.