Snow time -- the cold hard facts
The lowest air temperature recorded in Ireland was -19.1C, measured at Markree Castle in Sligo, January 16, 1881. The harshest Irish winters of the 20th century occurred in 1947, 1963 and 1982. The heaviest snowfall is generally accepted to have occurred in January 1982 when a blizzard raged for nearly 36 hours in some parts of the country. In a normal year, Clones, Co Monaghan, receives the heaviest snowfall in Ireland -- on average it snows 26.9 days a year. The 'mini-ice age' -- also known as The Great Frost -- that struck Ireland from December 1739 until September 1741 led to a failure of the potato crop. Thousands starved as temperatures plunged to -12C.