School: Stuacán (roll number 14051)

Location:
An Mhoing Mhór, Co. Shligigh
Teacher:
Bríd Ní Mhiadhaigh
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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0163, Page 216

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  1. On the 18th of November in the year 1839 a terrible wind storm raged through Ireland. It was known as the Big Wind. It came unexpectedly at night. At about 5:30 a.m. huge blasts of wind shook the houses. The people clutched together in fear.
    At 7 o'clock the storm was at its height. Boulders rolled down the mountain-side, houses were thrown, cocks of hay and straw were blown here and there.
    Old people say that if anyone were outside the door of the house they would be in dander of being blown away with the fierce wind.
    The wind abated a little at 2 o'clock in the morning, then torrential rain began to pur. Turfstacks were upturned with the floods, in some places houses were flooded.
    The night of the "Big Wind" will live forever in the minds of the Irish people.
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    Topics
    1. próisis agus feiniméin
      1. gaotha (~357)
    Language
    English
    Collector
    Mary Sweeney
    Gender
    Female
    Age
    13
    Address
    An Mhoing Mhór, Co. Shligigh
    Informant
    Mrs A. Jordan
    Gender
    Female
    Address
    Ráth Chumaisc, Co. Mhaigh Eo