Ireland lashed by weekend storms
Meteorological Observations for the year 1913. Rain or snow fell on 188 days. Photo: National Archives of Ireland, CSORP 1914: Box 5474, 1013.

Ireland lashed by weekend storms

Published: 17 February 1914

Torrential rain and gale-force winds wreaked havoc across the west of Ireland this weekend. At its worst, violent thunderstorms and vivid flashes of lightning filled the skies.

The fury of the storm in Galway was such that a boat moored on the docks was ripped from its anchor, carried across the water like a cork and then washed up on the other side of the bay.

Stones as heavy as 18lbs were thrown from the sea and now litter the promenade at Salthill. Some parts of the promenade remain under water.

In Co. Clare, fishermen at Quilty and Seafield saw their boats and nets lost to the sea. These fishermen - who support eighteen families between them - have now lost their livelihoods.

In the midlands, the River Suck has overflowed its banks and many hundreds of acres now lie under water. Entire farms have been submerged.

The fact that the storm followed ten days of snow, sleet and rain has led to remarkable floods across the midlands where the River Shannon has flooded to such an extent that the area south of Athlone in Co. Westmeath looks like an immense lake. Many houses have suffered severe water damage and various roads are impassable.

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