A cold snap and a heavy snowfall leaves the County Wicklow village of Ballyknockan isolated.

At 220 metres (721 feet) above sea level, Ballyknockan and its residents are no strangers to snow and being snowed in. 

There have been no cars and the bus service is entirely suspended.

The postman makes his way to the village by foot, and it has only been possible for reporter Eoin Neeson to get here as the wheels of the Teilifís Éireann car have been fitted with chains. It is the first vehicle to arrive in Ballyknockan for twenty four hours.

Local man Kevin McEvoy says that in addition to more snow being forecast, the current easterly wind will blow snow down off the mountains onto the roads, and make them impassable. 

This happened two years ago, when heavy snowfall during the month of January meant the area was completely isolated and some experienced food shortages, but the community is preparing itself for the worst, Kevin says,   

The three shops here and in Vallymount are more provided for, better than they were in 1963.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 28 January 1965. The reporter is Eoin Neeson.