School: Carrickatee (roll number 16481)

Location:
Carrickatee, Co. Monaghan
Teacher:
Éamonn Ó Dubhthaigh

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A Snow Storm

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0941, Page 215

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There was a very severe snow storm on Saturday the 5th January 1866. Many people were in Ballybay market on that day and it was very difficult to get home as the snow was blowing up into their faces. When a crowd of them came to Carrickavelty cross they lit a big fire of oak sticks and remained there all the night till the blowing of the snow subsided. One woman did not stay but started for home. When she was within a few perches of her little house she was blown into a rick of snow and smothered. This snow lasted for two months.

Another snowstorm occurred on the same day and date in January 1895. This was not a blowing snow

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Collector
Kathleen Mc Cooey
Gender
female
Address
Gragarnagh, Co. Monaghan
Informant
Edward Mc Cooey
Gender
male
Address
Gragarnagh, Co. Monaghan
Language
English