We are blessed at Harvey’s Point with our magical location on the shores of Lough Eske. The moods, hues and mystic beauty of Lough Eske are appreciated by many visitors and by those of us who are lucky to live here.
However, last Saturday as the rain fell in bucket loads, the usual gentle lapping of the lake on the shoreline was replaced by fierce lashing waves. I had that ‘sinking’ feeling that floods were on the way again. Just three weeks ago, business was disrupted due to the road becoming impassable when it ‘disappeared’ into the lake. This time, the situation was worse. It was an extremely busy weekend with large weddings both Friday and Saturday and a big crowd expected for Sunday Carvery Lunch. It was going to be a logistical nightmare for guests arriving and departing.
In true spirit of Harvey’s Point, our dedicated team worked tirelessly to ensure that every guest was looked after. A special thanks to Niall Gallagher and Danny Mc Nulty who went above and beyond the call of duty to ferry guests from a to b and back again. Despite being soaked to the skin, they still smiled and kept going through the night.
Early on Sunday morning, Marc and I went to assess the situation. The rain had finally stopped but water levels were still dangerously high. Once again, we took the difficult decision to cancel Sunday Carvery Lunch in the interests of guest and staff safety. Naturally we were disappointed to loose another day of business but we were especially disappointed for our many loyal guests who had been looking forward to feast with family and friends.
I would like to acknowledge the assistance of our kind neighbours who once again came to our rescue and to Solis Lough Eske Hotel for allowing our guests to use their car park. Thanks also to James and Gerry Begley for helping to pump water from the plant rooms and to Shane Mc Nulty and Richard Nesbit for their assistance which was very much appreciated.
Looking on the bright side, Harvey our resident senior citizen goose seemed to enjoy his larger paddling pool and maybe, just maybe, our friends in Donegal County Council might raise the road. In the meantime, we raise a glass to wish you all a very Merry Christmas. Snow anyone??