A Donegal seaside resort is devastated after a hotel fire leaves guests dead and injured.
A fire broke out in the Central Hotel in Bundoran around 12.30am in the morning of 8 August 1980. It had been a busy night. A cabaret show had just ended and there were around 60 guests staying in the hotel. Many were able to escape, but according to receptionist Christine Clarke:
It was a scene of chaos. There was women screaming, looking for their children. There was children missing.... Everyone was panicking at this stage.
Ten people died, including five children. All four members of the Brennan family from Naas, Co. Kildare, were perished. The story of the fire was told in RTÉ Television's 'Disasters' series in 2007, after which Bundoran Town Council decided to erect a memorial plaque, unveiled on the 30th anniversary of the event.
An RTÉ News report from 8 August 1980.