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Rathbran

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My Grandad used to talk of 47’, they lived in Carraroe and he talked of snow still on the ground on the 1st of June, considering how close to the Atlantic they are that must have been some dose
 

Arthur

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who here remembers this, I was too small to remember it properly, any interesting tales from the big snow

I remember it, drifted snow that piled up along hedges, blew out through gates along roadsides creating huge drifts, there was one that a local lad carved his "T K was here " into the side of it and it was there a week or more, I was cutting timber for a man and he said leave it and go home, went home and had a bit of business to do in Clonmel 20 miles away, got there ok but barely made it back in a Mk 2 Escort, an hour more and I'd have been away for the night. the remnants of drifts were there for 3 weeks at least.
 

muckymanor

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,47 scared a lot of people, my parents use to talk about it, it snowed late in the spring and stayed way too long. My father talked about ploughing for Dev:d compulsory wheat in May and having to leave parts of the fields because of the snow drifts still not being gone near the hedges. A lot of Irish people worried in 47 that it was going to be a repeat of "Black '47"
There's a story around here from 1947 about a lad that lived on the mountain bringing down a donkey cart of snow to the local cattle fair in the last week of June. Nobody had ever seen snow so late around the place.
 

JohnBoy

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I remember it, drifted snow that piled up along hedges, blew out through gates along roadsides creating huge drifts, there was one that a local lad carved his "T K was here " into the side of it and it was there a week or more, I was cutting timber for a man and he said leave it and go home, went home and had a bit of business to do in Clonmel 20 miles away, got there ok but barely made it back in a Mk 2 Escort, an hour more and I'd have been away for the night. the remnants of drifts were there for 3 weeks at least.
I thought you were talking about '47 until you mentioned the MK2
 

humungus

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,47 scared a lot of people, my parents use to talk about it, it snowed late in the spring and stayed way too long. My father talked about ploughing for Dev:d compulsory wheat in May and having to leave parts of the fields because of the snow drifts still not being gone near the hedges. A lot of Irish people worried in 47 that it was going to be a repeat of "Black '47"
my father was paranoid about snow after 47, he always left a shovel inside the front door of the dwelling house so he could dig himself out the next morning if it snowed, in 82 they used bulldozers to clear the main road from wexford to gorey but they compacted the snow so much it made them like ice rinks
 

MF30

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my father was paranoid about snow after 47, he always left a shovel inside the front door of the dwelling house so he could dig himself out the next morning if it snowed, in 82 they used bulldozers to clear the main road from wexford to gorey but they compacted the snow so much it made them like ice rinks
Good point about compacting the snow, whenever I had to clear the local roads of snow with the digger, if you weren’t the first vehicle on the road that morning you’d never get down to the road surface to get a clear scrape at it. Once the surface had hardened, you might as well forget about restoring grip.
 

Deerehunter

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My old lad remembers 47. Often heard him and my uncles talk about it. My grandad and the workman spent a full day shoveling snow to make a path to thepit of mangles to feed the cattle. They played on the drifts with no ditchs to be seen. The snow came around here in february. Around paddys day there was heavy rain and snow melting creating floods. There was snow in patches still on the ground into may.
 

Burdizzo

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My old lad remembers 47. Often heard him and my uncles talk about it. My grandad and the workman spent a full day shoveling snow to make a path to thepit of mangles to feed the cattle. They played on the drifts with no ditchs to be seen. The snow came around here in february. Around paddys day there was heavy rain and snow melting creating floods. There was snow in patches still on the ground into may.
At least the poor feckers didn't have to listen about global warming back then!
 

nashmach

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My mother was born in mid April in 1947 in Wexford. The midwife had to climb across snowdrifts that were above ditches to get to the house

Our mother's share a common birthday month at least. Similar story to that and the snow up to the windows.

It was close to May by the time things returned to normal.
 

Deerehunter

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Our mother's share a common birthday month at least. Similar story to that and the snow up to the windows.

It was close to May by the time things returned to normal.
Ye will have to hire a geneologist totrace family trees. Ye might even be related!!!!
 
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