Police, local authority and power company workers answered the call after a tree crashed to the ground at Oulartard in Monageer. But the combined efforts of all the emergency services arrived too late to save Jim O'Hanlon's van which lay crushed under the bough of the stricken tree toppled by near hurricane force winds in the early hours of Friday morning.
'It's a write-off,' confirmed Jim, who had the Citroen Berlingo parked in the gateway when he paid a visit to Oulartard. The stricken vehicle was used by the owner to assist in the running of his Superdine shop on the Old Dublin Road in Enniscorthy.
To make matters worse, the tree took out power lines in its fall, triggering a blackout. And then Gardaí who attended the scene found they were unable to leave for two hours as a second tree crashed to earth and left them blocked in by fallen timber on either side.
'Christmas how are you!' exclaimed Jim O'Hanlon ruefully. 'We will remember this one for quite a while anyway.' He was grateful that at least no one was injured in the incident.