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Sunday 20 April 2014

Today marks 175th anniversary of Ireland's worst storm in 500 years

Today marks 175th the anniversary of the worst storm Ireland had in 500 years.

The storm in 1839 was dubbed "the night of the big wind" or 'Oiche na Gaoithe Moire'.

It caused widespread destruction killing people and livestock and it ripped up hundreds of acres of farmland.

The massive hurricane, caused several hundred deaths.

Some 20 to 25 per cent of houses in north Dublin were damaged or destroyed, and 42 ships were wrecked.

It was probably the worst storm to affect Ireland since AD 1500.

Today, a status orange weather warning is in place nationwide - with a combination of gale force winds, high tides and very high seas hitting the country as storm Christine rages past.

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