Night to remember

Marian O'Flaherty

THE BIG Wren's night wind of 2013 will be spoken about for many years to come in West Kerry after violent storm force 11 winds battered the Dingle Peninsula.

Accustomed as the west is to bad weather - even well-weathered locals were in awe of the force of nature as the storm began to gather force through the afternoon. As darkness fell high tides and powerful gusts saw even the large trawlers tied up at Dingle Pier bobbing around like dinghies. Indeed the wind was so strong that the rain appeared to be falling sideways.

The true force of the storm was felt at approximately 3am in the morning when the sound of almost deafening wind woke some local people who ventured outside to see and hear the full force of nature.

"It was unreal," said local singer and musician Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh of Dún Chaoin. "At around 3am it was just wind and no rain so Bill [my husband] and I got up and stood out in the garden for a few minutes. It was like a jumbo jet was flying over our heads. The roar was deafening!"

West Kerry was generally lucky in terms of power outages as the night progressed but some areas, including Ballyferriter, were left without electricity the following morning. This was soon restored.

A couple of caravans in the Wine Strand area were blown over and the strong winds knocked a tree in the Burnham area which was cleared the following morning. Damage to sheds and overhead canopies was also reported.


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