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Pensioner Rita Rafter will stay in her Dublin home

By Laura Anderson

96-year-old Rita Rafter was heartbroken when told to move out of her longtime Dublin home after part of hr ceiling collapsed, making her home unsafe.

Ms Rafter could not afford repair costs on her own, but would not allow her family and relatives to help her financially.

This inspired her grandson, Robbie Carey, to post a plea for help on Facebook:

“Hi everyone. I want to see if there is still good left in the world. This is my 96 year old grandmother. I’m not joking when I say she is the kindest loveliest person out there. She lives in at the back of Croke Park but recently has been told that she to move out because her ceiling collapsed and now it is unsafe”.

“She is absolutely devastated. She never thought she would out live her own home. She won’t let her kids put money into getting it fixed even if they could afford to. If there is anyone out there who knows of a grant that she would be entitled to get it fixed can they please pm me or if you own your own building company and wanted to do this old lady a favour and make it possible to spend the rest of her life in her own home on her own road amongst her own friends she and I and her entire family would be forever grateful”.

“I will personally labour for you. If you’re a GAA fan there is free parking and a cup of tea in it for you before the games”.

Following his heartfelt request, Mr Carey was overwhelmed with kind messages offering to aid to Rita Rafter.

The post was shared over three thousand times.

Rita Rafter’s Builder Hero

The man who ended up doing the repairs was Stephen O’Driscoll, a builder with Ever Ready Building and Roofing Contractors.

“When I saw what was going on I said something has to be done”, O’Driscoll stated, speaking to the Irish Independent about his experience with Rita Rafter.

“She’s a lovely woman, she’s a very proud woman, and when I was told what happened I said I had to help, I couldn’t just stand back and leave this. I’m not the only one who offered to help.”

said Carey of O’Driscoll, “He met my granny yesterday and they were both hugging each other. She’s delighted because she doesn’t have to move out now”.

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