THE sheer force of nature was evident in these dramatic images taken on the windswept coast.
Photographer Aidan Tarbett captured the moment when this little boy had a lucky escape after a wave, churned up by high tides around 1pm yesterday, swept up the youngster.
The youngster toppled over on the pier at Bulloch Harbour, in Dalkey before a man pulled him up and away from the waves.
Similar scenes of exceptionally high waves have been repeated across the country since the weekend as storm force winds, high tides and exceptional rainfall has left many coastal communities battered and flooded or at risk of flooding. Met Eireann and Irish Water Safety have warned people to stay away from coastal areas and piers. The bad weather is expected to continue today.