School: Cill Cruain (C) (roll number 11187)

Location:
Ballyglass South, Co. Galway
Teacher:
Brighid Ní Náradaigh, Cáit Bean Uí Standúin

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Severe Weather

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0016, Page 344

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1. The old people tell us of a great snow storm which occured on the night of February 15th 1838. Many people and animals perished that night. The snow was up to the thatch of the homes, and the sheep were covered in the fields and had to be dug out while many of them were found dead.
2. On the night of January the 6th 1839 we are told great hurricane came- the most violent that was ever known. Many houses rocked and fell. The people ran into the open and sheltered behind ditches. The roofs were blown off their houses and strange to say- reached the ground in the same position as they were when on the houses.
The storm subsided about 8 a.m. and the smell of the salt water was in everybodys nostrils in the mourning the sea water having been lashed into the country from Galway Bay.
Hay and crops were carried away several miles. The river Suck was thick with hay and oats the following day and people tried to collect it with boats.
3. On the night of April 11th 1917 there was a terrible storm which was very severe in this district

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Collector
Kitty Griffin
Gender
female
Address
Bracklagh, Co. Galway
Informant
Mrs M. Griffen
Gender
female
Age
50
Address
Bracklagh, Co. Galway
Language
English