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When Mother Nature's ash cloud grounded all flights Europewide

In April, Mother Nature proved she had as much power to put a dampener on things as our ailing banks when a volcanic ash cloud disrupted the travel plans of tens of thousands of airport passengers. Irish and European airspace closed in mid-April as the ash -- from a volcanic eruption in Iceland -- spread across northern Europe, grounding flights.

With thousands stranded abroad, chaos ensued in European railway stations as holidaymakers tried to make their way home by rail. With trains fully booked, some forked out thousands on taxis just to get home.

Sunday Independent