School: Bullach

Location:
Castlerea, Co. Roscommon
Teacher:
Máire Ní Fhlannagáin

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Severe Weather

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0244, Page 029

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Severe Weather
In the year 1917 there was a terrible fall of snow. During the night a storm arose and made drifts of the snow, in such a way that traffic was held up for several weeks. Everyone was in a terrible state, as no one could go for food. At that time it was very difficult to get sugar on account of the Great War and several men got lost trying to procure some.
The night of the Big Wind which occurred the 6th January 1839 was the severest storm ever occurred. Roofs were blown off houses and trees were rooted up. It was remarked that storm ever happened like it since.
About thirty years ago there were terrible floods. Several cattle were drowned and any house near a river was flooded. Moore bog which is about three miles from my house moved on account of the water under it. Roads were covered and bridges knocked but there was no personal harm done.

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Collector
Vera Murtagh
Gender
female
Address
Cloonbard, Co. Roscommon
Informant
Mrs Winifred Murtagh
Gender
female
Age
55
Address
Cloonbard, Co. Roscommon
Language
English