Friday 17 November 2017

Avalanche of photos for white album

A scenic shot of Ben Bulben at sunset submitted
by Emer O'Shea from Sligo
A scenic shot of Ben Bulben at sunset submitted by Emer O'Shea from Sligo
A snow-covered bicycle at Grand Canal Dock, Dublin, by Laela O'Kelly
A bewildered bunny and a cold cat by Jim Corkery from Navan, Co Meath
Vincent Sherlock's woodland snapshot in Kilmovee, Ballaghdereen, Co Mayo
Ken Sweeney

Ken Sweeney

A CAT and a rabbit looking confused on a doorstep in Navan, Co Meath. The winter sun rising in a frosted forest in Kilmovee, Co Mayo.

A frozen lake leading to Belbulben Co Sligo, and snow covering a bike on Grand Canal Dock in Dublin.

An appeal by RTE broadcaster John Murray for listeners to send in pictures of their localities in the current cold snap, had led to an avalanche of snow scenes to his RTE One radio show.

On last Monday morning's radio programme, Murray (47) first canvassed for pictures. By last night the presenter had received 150 pictures from listeners.

"You could work out from looking at the pictures where the most snow fell. For instance, Limerick seemed snow free but Donegal looked like one big snow drift," Murray told the Irish Independent.

And along with the pictures, came the stories.

"Everybody claimed they were in the coldest part of Ireland and we had a few smart witty messages too. One Merrion Street listener said it was minus 85 billion there," joked Murray.

The father-of-two hadn't taken any chance with the weather himself.

On Monday night, with heavy snow forecast, he left his home in Rathfarnham at 9pm, and checked into a Ballsbridge hotel in order to be close to RTE for his show yesterday morning.

"When I heard six inches of snow were going to fall between 3am and 9am, I made a snap decision. I had to be in RTE for 7am and it would have taken me an hour and a half to get to RTE from Rathfarnham had I had to walk. In the end I did it from Ballsbridge in less than 10 minutes," he said.

Irish Independent

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