Parts of Dublin and Wicklow are snowbound with electricity power lines down in many places.

Raheen, near Brittas in County Dublin is completely cut off by snow and the 73 families residing in the village are relieved to have their isolation broken by Air Corps helicopters delivering supplies.

In spite of turbulence, the helicopters make a number of trips delivering heating fuel and food supplies.

The air crews sought out anyone who might be in difficulty or in danger, isolated by heavy drifts of snow which have blanketed the area.

The gales and heavy snow brought down power lines in many parts of Dublin. A number of places, including Ashbourne, Skerries and Balbriggan are without electricity because of a combination of weather conditions and a work to rule by ESB linesmen. 

Bad road conditions on high ground did not help electricians and many roads in counties Dublin and Wicklow remain impassable.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 11 February 1979. The reporter is Derek Davis.