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French family shown first-hand the true meaning of Ireland’s ‘meitheal’

Wednesday, 13th March, 2019 7:07am

Story by Siobhan Holliman
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French family shown first-hand the true meaning of Ireland’s ‘meitheal’

JEREMY Zanni in front of where his cottage used to stand. Photo: Ray Ryan

French family shown first-hand the true meaning of Ireland’s ‘meitheal’

JEREMY Zanni in front of where his cottage used to stand. Photo: Ray Ryan

A FRENCH baker and his family have learned first-hand what the Irish word meitheal means. After a blaze destroyed the family’s 300-year-old thatched cottage last weekend, teams of neighbours and tradespeople have bombarded the site resulting in the foundations now in place in for a replacement dwelling.
Sourdough bread maker Jeremy Zanni, his wife Melanie and nine-year-old son Finn are stunned by the outpouring of local support and friendship.
So much has been offered and donated, from the roof and windows for the new cottage to food and temporary shelter – even the French consul arrived at the rural site in Fartown, a few miles outside of Glenamaddy, with food and offers of support.

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