Saturday 27 May 2017

55 years of Irish flooding in 40 pictures

Athlone Floods. The Year was...1959. Photo: Independent Arial Photographic Collection.
Athlone Floods. The Year was...1959. Photo: Independent Arial Photographic Collection.
Moneymore, Oranmore, Galway. The Year was...2008. Photo: Andrew Downes
Liam Kehoe with his new house, flooded, in the background. Caherlea near Claregalway. The Year was...2009.
Crow St, Galway. The Year was...2009. Photo: Andrew Downes
Bertie Ahern surveys the damage after the River Tolka bursts its banks. The Year was...2002. Photo: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.
Brian Cowen in Claregalway. The Year was...2009.
Brian Cowen surveys the damage in Claregalway. The Year was...2009.
Brian Cowen visits Claregalway in 2009.
Horses wade up the flooded main street in Claregalway. The year was... 2009.
Clontarf flood defences. The Year was... 2012. Photo: Peter Houlihan
Sea water passes right through the Clontarf flood defences. The Year was...2014. Photo: Steve Humphreys
Dublin Bay. The Year was...2012. Photo: Brendan Lyons/Image Bureau
A cyclist struggles through floods in Clonmel. The Year was... 1997.
Bull Island, Dublin. The Year was...2012. Photo: Peter Houlihan
For sale sign on Headford Road, Galway. The Year was...2009. Photo: Andrew Downes.
A road sign in Belmullet. The Year was...2014. Photo: Twitter/Eileenc43
A road sign near Gort in Galway. The Year was...2009. Photo: Andrew Downes.
Beresford Place, Dublin. The Year was... 2010. Photo: CO'R HN
Dublin City Council work to unblock drains at Coymingham Road. The Year was... 2009. Photo: CO' R
Coymingham Road. The Year was...2009. A hole opened up in the road due to the levels of flooding. Photo: CO'R HN
Howth Harbour. The Year was...2012. Photo: PA
Leinster Rugby HQ back pitch. The Year was...2011. Photo: Paddy Butler.
Cllr Bridie Waters whose home flooded and then froze. The Year was...2010. Photo: Andrew Downes
Cllr Bridie Waters with frozen floodwater which left residents without running water and dangerous conditions. The Year was... 2010. Photo: Andrew Downes
A flooded garden in Kiltartan, Galway. The Year was...2009. Photo: Andrew Downes
A traintrack leads to nowhere in flooded Kiltartan near Gort. The Year was...2009. Photo: Andrew Downes
The Traynor family salvage what they can from their flooded home in Galway. The Year was...2009. Andrew Downes.
Brendan Collins stands by his flooded taxi in Lusk. The Year was...2008. Photo: CO'R HN
Evelyn Ryan attempts to keep floodwater from her home in Richmond Road. The Year was...2002. CO'R HN
Residents leaving Millmount Road, Drumcondra. The Year was...2002. Photo: CO'R HN
The NA Dublin to Sligo road near Maynooth. The Year was...2000. Photo: Steve Humphreys.
Firefighters from the Leixlip fire station at the floods in Straffan, Co. Kildare. The Year was... 2000. Photo: Steve Humphreys
Upper grand canal street. The Year was...1999. Photo: Ray Cullen
Clearys Dublin closes following severe flood damage. The Year was...2013. Photo: PA
Lucan in Co. Dublin. The Year was...2000. Photo: Steve Humphreys
Co. Kildare. The Year was... 2000. Photo: Steve Humphreys
Clane, Co. Kildare. The Year was...2000. Photo: Steve Humphreys
A new homeowner attempts to keep the floodwater from his door in Ridgewood in Swords. The Year was...2000. Photo: Steve Humphreys
A car attempts to drive through floods caused by waves crashing onto the Coast Road in Malahide, Dublin. The Year was...2014. Photo: Brian Lawless/PA Wire
Air Corps handout photo of a farm near Ballyhaunis, Co Mayo after Storm Desmond hit the area in 2015.
Cattle on the move in Liscannor, Co Clare, 2015
Thoor Ballylee, Co Galway, 2015
This is one way to handle the aftermath of Storm Desmond. Local wakeboarder David O'Caoimh had some fun on the flooded Lee Fields, Co. Cork in 2015.
Clare Cullen

Clare Cullen

Flooding in the aftermath of Storm Desmond is the latest extreme weather to hit Ireland - but it's not a new phenomenon.

Ireland has been suffering from floods for years - and the lessons don't seem to have been learned over that time.

A selection of photos encompassing fifty-four years of flooding are in the gallery above.

Select areas show a recurrence of flooding over several years - in particular, photosets of floodwater passing Clontarf's flood defences, which was a prominent feature of Storm Christine in 2014.

Road signs have also borne the brunt of the flooding across the country for over fifty years - several photographs, taken years apart, show road signs struggling under the pressure of the floodwater.

New homeowners attempting to stem floodwater is another reoccurring theme in the photographs, which leads the question - is the possibility of flooding considered when housing estates are built?

It seems the only thing that has changed in 55 years is our attitude to the floods, as illustrated by optimistic Cork wakeboarder David O' Caoimh.

Check out our gallery above and let us know if you can see your area.

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