The high winds that shook much of the county last night resulted in plenty of people suffering the inconvenience of losing power at various stages but for five feathered fledgling birds, Storm Hector meant they were temporarily left homeless and separated from their parents.
Carrick-on-Shannon man Leslie O'Hora discovered a nest had collapsed close to his house last night and he immediately contacted his neighbour, Deirdre O'Rourke who has experience as a veterinary assistant and she was able to tend to the needs of the birds.
Speaking to the Leitrim Observer this afternoon Deirdre said she fed the birds with syringes. "They are all thriving. I fed them with maggots today. They all seem to be fine. It is a miracle, the feathers are all in good condition and there are no broken bones," she happily reported.
Speaking about the condition of the sparrows Deirdre reported, "Once they started gaping you know that's a good sign and all five have done that.
"I'm feeding them every hour and a half to two hours."
Deirdre said the parents are still flying around trying to locate the five missing sparrows and it is hoped to put up a hanging basket this evening that will help to reunite the family of swallows.
Having done a lot of rescuing and volunteering in the past Deirdre is contacted regularly by people who come across animals in need of help offered this simple piece of advice to anyone who may come across animals in difficulty - "Be aware of your surroundings and be good to your surroundings."