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Saturday 25 March 2017

Winter wonderland makes timely arrival

MARIA HERLIHY

THERE was sheer delight across North Cork on Monday morning as children woke up to the winter wonderland of a snow-covered landscape - with no school for some, at least.

With driving conditions treacherous and temperatures plummeting, the Duhallow area got some of the heaviest snowfalls.

At Knocknagree NS, Principal DJ Golden said the road conditions on Monday were "dreadful" which resulted in just a few students braving the cold and the roads to go to school.

Eventually, with numbers so low, the school closed.

However, by Tuesday almost two thirds of the 78 pupils made roll call.

In nearby Ballydesmond NS, some students managed to make it to school although numbers were well down. However, on Tuesday, there was again a jump in numbers.

On Monday, despite the snow and ice, three little nippers made their way to Meelin NS but as numbers were just so low, the school closed.

However, girls at Newmarket NS made it into the school on Monday despite the bad weather, though numbers were well down, and pupils also made it into Newmarket boys NS.

In Rockchapel, a lorry jack knifed at the bridge on Monday which resulted in the road being closed. It also meant that the school was closed for the day as the road conditions were very harsh.

It's an ill wind, as they say - numbers in schools may have dropped like the thermometer, but the population of snowmen grew in equal proportion.

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