A kind-hearted Donegal man has been happy to help the owners of The Happy Camper after a devastating accident last weekend.

Maria and Jane McCormack, the owners of The Happy Camper, are experiencing an incredible outpouring of kindness ever since their popular mobile cafe was destroyed.

The iconic campervan rolled into the bog in a freak accident at Glenveagh last Saturday and was unable to be salvaged.

The accident left owners Maria and Jane McCormack heartbroken, while their friends and customers soon rose up to support them in their time of need. Now, the sisters have a welcome replacement van to get them back on their feet.

Dominic Lafferty from Creeslough kindly donated a vintage caravan to sisters Maria and Jane today. Soon they will be able to get back to serving great coffee and delicious pancakes in the beautiful landscape of Glenveagh.

Mr Lafferty was happy to help:

Maria shared the good news today and described Mr Lafferty as an “incredible man”. She assured customers that renovations are beginning immediately.

A crowdfunding movement to help The Happy Camper has raised almost €2,000 in just two days. The goal of €3,000 to rebuild the van is well within reach, so it looks like the happy little cafe will be making people smile again very soon.

Maria’s brother James Mc Cormack is beginning to work on the construction of a replacement vehicle after the salvaging operation.


Posting online yesterday, James wrote: “I will hopefully be starting to build another to take the place of the much loved first one, hopefully some of the little bits salvaged will carry on the great spirit that the Camper has become, but it isn’t just the caravan, it’s an experience to stand in such an idyllic spot and enjoy a good bit of craic with people from all over the world, it’s an experience you don’t get to many places, it will be hopefully a quick turnaround and be back on her location ASAP”

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