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Coldest Irish April for 36 years
Snow on the banks of the Dodder at Orwell Bridge in the late 19th century Photo: National Library of Ireland, STP_1086

Coldest Irish April for 36 years

Strabane, 12 April 1917 - There has not been as cold a spring in Ireland since records began, according to a British meteorologist, Dr Mill.

Ireland is currently in the midst of a brutal spell of April weather. Frost is playing havoc with crops - snowfalls around Dublin are heavy and frequent. Sheep have perished and, in Ulster, a girl living five miles from Strabane was said to have become ‘insane’ after she lost her way in a blizzard and wandered in the fields all night.

Trains have been forced to stop running in various parts after the snowfall was too deep to plough through. There is no likelihood that conditions will ease in the coming days.

[Editor's note: This is an article from Century Ireland, a fortnightly online newspaper, written from the perspective of a journalist 100 years ago, based on news reports of the time.]


Century Ireland

The Century Ireland project is an online historical newspaper that tells the story of the events of Irish life a century ago.