THE STREETSCAPE of Balbriggan has seen the welcome return of its historic weather vane on the top of Balbriggan Town Hall and Libary which was knocked off its perch thanks to Hurricane Katia back in September of 2011.
The weather vane was to be put back in place this summer but at last, the people of Balbriggan can welcome back the local landmark as it sits atop of the town's library once more. We last reported on the progress of the project earlier this year when Balbriggan Town Council was told that a quotation for the work had been received and was awaiting approval by Fingal County Council. Hurricane Katia made its mark on Balbriggan in September of last year and damaged a town landmark that had stood proudly for some 106 years. The familiar weather vane on the top of the circular turret at Balbriggan Library was left lying horizontal as winds at the tail end of the hurricane ripped through Balbriggan. The harbour wall was pummelled with strong winds and high waves but withstood the test a lot better than the more than a century-old weather vane. The so-called 'finial' at the top of the turret was put in place in 1905 when the library was first built and has withstood all kinds of weather for more than a century before Hurricane Katia dealt it a near fatal blow.