School: Valleymount

Location:
Valleymount, Co. Wicklow
Teacher:
Dll. Ó Cochláin

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Snow-Storm of 1933

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0917, Page 118

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There was a snow storm here about 22nd Feb. 1933.

Manny places the drifts were about 10 ft high.
There were hundreds of sheep drifted and smothered. The people could not get to town for food and the loaves could not come only to One Arch bridge.
A lot of men had to go to meet the Bread van there and carry the Bread to the Valleymount shops.

There was a poor man by the name of Larry Dunne lived in a tent in Pinmakers hill. Pinmakers hill is up by the Cats and dogs which is up by Captain Daly's.
He had a wife and five children. They were asleep when the storm arose.
When the snow began to sweep it blew into the tent. Larry had to get up out of his bed and get his wifes shawl and try and keep the snow out. He manged to keep the snow cleared away from blocking up the side door until the storm ceased.
But before it ceased his wife said come in Larry and we will all lie down and die together. They were all nearly exhausted before the storm ceased.
The snow lasted for about three or four weeks.

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Collector
Cassie Cullen
Gender
female
Address
Carrigacurra, Co. Wicklow
Informant
Mr John Cullen
Gender
male
Age
38
Occupation
farmer
Address
Carrigacurra, Co. Wicklow
Language
English