Tuesday 24 April 2018

Never before had we seen nature turn against us with such violence

The storms in Inishowen were worse than anyone could recall, but they did not wash away the community spirit, writes Kathy Donaghy

Kathy Donaghy pictured where the bridge along the Muff to Carndonagh road collapsed last Tuesday Photo: Caroline Quinn
Kathy Donaghy pictured where the bridge along the Muff to Carndonagh road collapsed last Tuesday Photo: Caroline Quinn

Kathy Donaghy

The 'big storm' holds a certain place in the memory and imagination of those who witness it. Famous big storms from centuries ago are still talked about in rural communities. For people in Inishowen, the night of August 22 is the storm that will never be forgotten.

Never in a lifetime has anyone seen at first-hand the destructive force of nature unfold so quickly and violently before their eyes.

Nobody wants to experience it again. TV pictures and Facebook images don't fully capture what this once-in-a-century event was like.

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