The first heavy rain in almost a month ends the longest dry spell in Ireland in over a decade.

Following a rain free twenty-three days, Dubliners once again dug out their umbrellas and overcoats as the longest dry spell since 1955 came to an end.

It was feared the heavy rain would cause some drains to overflow as gutters became blocked with rubbish, but following an intervention from the Army emergency services, this threat was removed.

Some of those caught in the deluge on O’Connell Street in Dublin were queuing for a bus outside Kingston men’s outfitters. 

All parts of Ireland experienced heavy rainfall which brought welcome relief to many areas experiencing water shortages.

An RTÉ News report was broadcast on 12 August 1968. The footage shown here is mute.