A GROUP of 14 mothers have returned safely to their homes in Kilkenny after being stranded in New York as Hurricane Sandy wreaked havoc on the Big Apple.
The close friends are forced to stay in emergency accommodation in a city centre hotel during one of the most violent storms ever to hit New York. They were due to fly home the day the hurricane struck but their flight was cancelled so they were forced to stay holed up in their hotel out until last Thursday. Marie Brennan one of the women stuck in New York and was forced to book into the NewYorker hotel in Lower Manhattan for an extra two nights until they managed to secure seats on a flight. Marie said the girls were in good from but were anxious to get back home to family and friends. “We were only a few blocks away from where the crane collapsed. We just wanted it to be over and to get back to our families,” she said. 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 howling 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.