River Suir freezes over in Carrick

Temperatures plunged so low on Christmas morning in Carrick-on-Suir that the River Suir froze over.

Temperatures plunged so low on Christmas morning in Carrick-on-Suir that the River Suir froze over.

The extremely rare phenomenon was captured on camera by photographer Dennis Barry and many other local residents, who gathered along the river bank to witness the ice covered river.

His photograph of cot boats in the frozen river was snapped from the River Bank near Sean Healy Park.

Sheets of ice were first sighted on the river in Carrick-on-Suir on Christmas Eve. On Christmas Eve night temperatures dropped to as low as -13 degrees Celsius and by Christmas morning a long stretch of the river in the town from below Sean Healy Park to beyond Dillon Bridge (also known as New Bridge) was frozen.

Dennis Barry said he was awoken on Christmas morning by a man knocking on his door, who told him to get down to the river quickly.

When he got to the river bank near Sean Healy Park around 8.30am and the river was frozen over with ice all the way up past the New Bridge.

"It was very unusual. By about 10am it was starting to break up as the tides changed. You could hear the ice starting to crack."

Carrickbeg resident Breda Tobin was among the many locals, who photographed the historic scene for posterity on Christmas morning.

She told The Nationalist there were a good number of people gathered along the river bank taking pictures when she went down with her camera. She recalled seeing seagulls standing on the ice sheet.

She said her neighbour, who was 87 years-old, didn't remember the river ever freezing over before in her lifetime.