School: Béal Dearg (roll number 11582)

Béal Deirg Mór, Co. Mayo
Pádraig Mac Conghamhna
The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0139, Page 216

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    Seán turned the boat round and saved the hat. They all landed safely and ever after referred to this special storm as Lá Caroline.
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  2. Another day of great wind remembered in Erris is known as Lá Andy. Andy Coldwell, a planter living inside the Mullet (Belmullet promontory) was buried on this day. As far as I can learn the date was 1st October 1879.
    The oats was in stooks in the fields and was carried away by the wind. The people had a terrible time during the storm trying to hold the roofs on the houses.
    Belderrig seems to have escaped the full force of the gale of 1839. There is no folklore regarding it except that many Old Age Pensioners in the past referred to the Night of the Big Wind as proof of age for securing Pension.
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