Family flee their Danish home in toxic mould fear
DUBLINERS and Danes are rallying to help a family hit by illness and the loss of their home.
Tallaght native Dominic Kelly (41) and his Danish wife Dorte (38) were forced to flee their home in Denmark with their three young children when their house was declared unfit for habitation over a black mould problem.
Dorte has been battling lung cancer and recently had most of one lung removed.
Dominic and the couple's son Luke (3) and 18-month-old twins Jake and Josh have all been affected by pneumonia, which was blamed on the dangerous mould in their home.
The couple and their children have been living in the village of Vraa, near Aalborg, in recent years.
Their neighbours and friends have started a fund to help them.
Dominic's friends in Ireland have joined the campaign and have arranged a number of fundraising events in Dublin.
"We very much appreciate the offers of help," Dominic said.
The invasive mould problem began after a semi-detached house joined to their home was demolished, he explained.
Danish experts told the family they must leave their house.
But their insurance company has refused to pay any compensation.
They are now struggling to pay both their mortgage on their condemned home and the rent on another house.
"Since we moved into the rented house the children's health has improved dramatically," said Dominic.
He first met Dorte after she fell in love with Dublin and its music scene during a visit with her parents.
Dominic played bass guitar with well-known city band Grasp.
Dorte moved to Dublin, lived in the city for a number of years and worked in a music store.
The couple later got married and settled in Denmark.
Dominic owns his own delivery truck and Dorte is a teacher.
Tallaght independent councillor Deirdre O'Donovan, a family friend, is helping with fundraising efforts in Dublin.
"A lot of people who know Dominic and Dorte have been clubbing together," she said.
"I have two young children of my own and I can't imagine what it must be like," she said.
Donations online can be made at www.caremaker.dk.
A fundraising pub quiz took place at Thomas Davis GAA Club in Tallaght on March 6.
A music gig will be staged in the Dublin Conservative Club in Camden Row on April 5.