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Mario Rosenstock is going to have a field day with this one.

The often-parodied Joan Burton got more than she bargained for today when she visited Thomastown in Co. Kilkenny to see first-hand the devastating effects of this week's floods.

In hindsight, it was probably not a good idea to agree to be dragged along in a canoe with no lifejacket on – as Joan learnt the hard way when she took a tumble into the ice-cold water of the River Nore.

Oops. Luckily, the Tánaiste found her feet quickly – and was suitably decked out in protective waterproof pants and wellies.

The canoe-dragger himself, a local named Shem Caulfied, joked that the incident was a lesson in "how to drown a Tánaiste."

In the boat with the Tánaiste at the time was the Minister of State Environment Ann Phelan, who also got tipped into the water when the canoe unbalanced.

"We're grand," said Minister Phelan afterwards. "We’re a bit tougher than that now."

In fairness to the women, they continued with their visit after the tumble – though it was all on foot the rest of the way.

We're not sure Enda would be quite so hardy in the same situation…



Storm Frank hit Ireland with a vengeance on Tuesday, leaving many families along the south and west coasts of the country in dire straits.

As well as power outages, road closures and gale force winds, hundreds of homes were left severely flooded.

In a touching move, a five-star Cork hotel has opened its doors to those affected by the aftermath of Storm Frank – and his successor, Storm Gertrude.

Taking to Twitter yesterday, the Castlemartyr Resort Hotel said it would do its utmost to offer accommodation to locals in the area who were forced out of their homes due to storm damage.

Due to the flooding in Castlemartyr we would like to extend accommodation to families in need! Please contact Cathal…

Posted by Castlemartyr Resort on Wednesday, 30 December 2015

"Due to the flooding in Castlemartyr we would like to extend accommodation to families in need!

"Please contact Cathal Lynch, General Manager or Castlemartyr Community Council whom we are liaising with!" a post on the luxury hotel's Facebook page stated.

The post has had thousands of likes and shares, with many expressing their delight at the hotel's kindness during what is no doubt an extremely busy time of year.

Yesterday many residents in the south of the country took to social media to share images of just how extreme the weather had become:

Here's hoping our crazy winter weather ends soon.

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