As heavy snow hits Ireland the army are called in to rescue people from snowbound areas including a woman and her newborn child.

Reporter Derek Davis talks to John and Alison Dwyer about the birth of their daughter Natalie during the blizzard. Alison and her newborn baby were then airlifted from their home to Loughlinstown hospital after a neighbour, who is also a nurse, delivered baby Natalie at home. The Dwyers were trapped in their home by snow and icy conditions and were not able to make to hospital in time.

Those living in isolated areas were not the only ones affected by the heavy snow storms.  Roads were blocked across the country and flights in and out of Ireland were delayed or cancelled.

This RTÉ News footage was broadcast on 14 January 1977.