Ballylinan's Niamh Fleming-Farrell had her bookshop and cafe damaged.
An online fundraiser has been set up to support a Laois woman devastated by last week's explosion in Lebanon.
The blast in Beirut has killed at least 160 people, leaving thousands more injured and homeless.
Ballylinan's Niamh Fleming-Farrell is also beginning to pick up the pieces after her bookshop and café, Aaliya's Books, was seriously damaged.
With the country also collapsing into a political crisis, little support has been given by government.
Friends of Niamh are now fundraising online with the initial funds going towards paying employees' salaries, medical expenses, urgent family needs and emergency repair work for the next three months.
Find out more and donate here.
Friends @AaliyasBooks are trying to pay staff and keep their gorgeous bookshop afloat after #BeirutExplosion. Co-founded by Laois woman Niamh, Naila and Will, customers say it's 'a home away from home'. Let's keep books going – share if you can! https://t.co/n3w0AAmBlh— The Lilliput Press (@LilliputPress) August 9, 2020