A French couple whose Co Galway cottage was destroyed in a fire last month have moved into a new home built by the local community.

Melanie and Jeremy Zanni say they are overwhelmed by the generosity of tradesmen who worked around the clock to construct the house in Glenamaddy in a matter of weeks.

The family settled here over ten years ago in a 300-year-old thatched cottage, and set up a bakery but their home was destroyed by a blaze last month, following a chimney fire.

The Zanni's had been unable to afford insurance for the old thatch and their livelihood was in ruins, but the local community rallied around and constructed a new home, with tradesmen working day and night to complete the house.

The initiative was led by Roscommon-Galway Independent TD Michael Fitzmaurice who worked alongside young apprentices and retired tradesmen.

The Zanni family say they will cherish the kindness and friendship of the local community in Glenamaddy for providing a roof over their heads.

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