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Yvonne’s Traditional Cottage closes due to fire


CLOSEDThe quaint and popular Yvonne’s Cottage near Mulranny along the Great Western Greenway has been damaged by fire and is closed at present.

Anton McNulty

A FIRE which broke out in a family-run café located on the Great Western Greenway near Mulranny has resulted in the business being closed for the foreseeable future.
The fire broke out in Yvonne’s Traditional Cottage in Rosturk near Mulranny in the early hours of Friday, July 28, and caused extensive damage to the inside of the cottage. The damage was predominately to the interior of the cottage and the fire was extinguished by the Achill Fire Service.
The cottage, which is a traditional Irish cottage built in the 1850s, was recently restored by the Moran family and catered for the hundreds of cyclists and pedestrians who passed by, along the adjacent Great Western Greenway.
The café was run by Kevin and Barbara Moran and served homemade bread, scones and cakes amongst other dishes. Visitors could also learn how soda bread was made in rural Ireland using an old cast iron oven with hot coals from the open turf fire, as well as try their hand at churning butter.
The cottage was named after the Moran’s late daughter, Yvonne, who was 25 years-old when she was killed in a road traffic accident near their home in 2008.
The Moran family thanked all their neighbours and friends for their support since the fire but stated that the cottage will be closed for the foreseeable future.
“We would like to thank our staff for their understanding, support and kindness. Also to our kind neighbours, friends, customers and family for the offers to help,” they stated.
When news of the fire broke last week, there was an outpouring of sympathy and support with many people leaving messages on their Facebook page, hoping they will be back in business soon.

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