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We can see grass in garden now -- and our grandson is safe

A DUBLIN family whose garden used to fill up like a swimming pool when it rained can now see their grass again after the Herald highlighted their plight.

Eithne and Paddy Byrne, the parents of comedian Jason, said it was no laughing matter when their toddler grandson fell face-first into the pool of water in their garden in Ludfrod Drive, Ballinteer.

They contacted the Herald last month to show us the damage that the flood water has caused since pipe-laying work was carried out by Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council on lands behind their house around six years ago.

"We've been on to the council for years and they come and look at it, and then they go away again. Nothing gets done," Eithne said.

"It all goes back to when the council laid a massive pipe in the ground behind our house a few years ago."

"They just spread the mountains of earth out over the ground when they were finished, and it raised the level of the ground behind our back wall."



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Following the publication of the family's plight, contractors have moved on site and dug out the ground behind Byrne's house.

A huge perforated pipe has now been laid from the Byrne's back garden wall to a small river at the other side of the park.

"They also took away a lot of the soil and replaced it with shale, which drains better," said Paddy.

Now the rainwater can run into the shale and be taken away to the river via the pipe.

"Despite heavy rain in the last few days, the garden hasn't flooded and we are just keeping our fingers crossed that the problem has been solved," Paddy said.

The Byrne's can now see just how much their garden has sunk from flooding in the past few years.

Their garden shed has all but collapsed and the ground level is lower at the back wall than at the house.

Things came to a head recently when their grandson Max (3) fell face first into the water and had to be pulled out of it.

"We have to watch him like a hawk and try and stop him getting into the garden when it is flooded," said Eithne.

"For the first time in years we have a dry garden having had a lot of rain in the past few days, so please God this might work."

cfeehan@herald.ie