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- Early in the evening of Christmas Day 1839, there was only a fresh breeze blowing, and even that died down, altogether just before 10 oclock to be succeeded by a dead almost sultry calm. Suddenly about a half an hour later a fearful storm of wind and rain burst over Ireland. All Dublin rocked to its foundations, the street lamps were extinguished, slates were completely stripped off the houses, the glass in the windows were broken and smashed by the rain, roofs were lifted off, chimney stacks collapsed with appalling damage and often with the loss of life.
All over the country houses were levelled and thousands left homeless, and as for the sea, the east coast of England was strewn with the wrecks of ships. Trees were uprooted in great numbers. Fire destroyed whole streets in which country, towns and hundreds lost their(leanann ar an chéad leathanach eile)Tras-scríofa ag duine dár meitheal tras-scríbhneoirí deonacha.