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Monday 23 April 2018

Heavy snow destroys tunnel at snail farm

The damaged tunnel at Helix Hibernia Snail Farm in Ballinaclash.
The damaged tunnel at Helix Hibernia Snail Farm in Ballinaclash.

A snail farm in Ballinaclash is one of many businesses around the county assessing the damage caused by Storm Emma.

Helix Hibernia Snail Farm has been in operation since 2015 and has been rapidly growing ever since.

The farm operates two tunnels for the snails, one to rear them and the other to breed them. Heavy snowfall caused one of the tunnels to collapse on Friday.

Gerry Fitzgerald, who runs the farm with his son Ciaran, said: 'We got a lot of snow in the area and the weight of the snow broke some really thick bars and resulted in the collapse of a tunnel. There were no snails in the tunnel at the time so we haven't lost any stock. We are still trying to assess the damage but there is still a lot of snow in the area which is making things difficult. It's far from ideal but we are still trying to assess the cost of the damage and then we will see where we go from there.'

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