Tipp had ‘never seen anything like it’ - Fire Officer

Storm damage at a farm at Peppardstown, Fethard, where a roof was blown off the barn.

Storm damage at a farm at Peppardstown, Fethard, where a roof was blown off the barn.

All of the resources at the disposal of South Tipperary fire services had to be utilised to cope with the fallout from Storm Darwin which bombarded South Tipperary last Wednesday.

“I have never seen anything like it” commented South Tipperary Fire Officer Ray O’Leary.

The fire officer said it was an “exceptional night of activity” from their point of view.

The ten fire tenders located in Clonmel, Cashel. Cahir, Tipperary and Carrick as well as back up jeeps were all on duty to deal with the incidents caused by the storm.

Tenders were called out to overturned articulated trucks on the motorway at Cahir and Cashel and helped remove one person from one of the vehicles and fire brigade personnel were involved in the massive tree clearing process on Wednesday and Thursday.

One of the drivers of the articulated trucks was hospitalised with serious injuries.

He said that extensive damage was caused to farm buildings, hay sheds and outhouses throughout South Tipperary.

Among the casualties of the storms were trees in amenity areas such as Marl Bog in Dundrum.

The popular recreational area lost hundreds of trees.

Landmark features such as the tree lined avenue of Rockwell College was devastated while beautiful trees in the vicinity of the Rock of Cashel also fell victim to the storm.

A huge two hundred year old Oak, a familiar Cashel landmark toppled over in the field in front of the Rock.

The old Cashel Town Wall was also damaged after a tree fell on top of it and in St John the Baptist Church cemetery three celtic crosses were destroyed by the winds, the largest of which which was erected in 1890.

At the height of the storm 10,000 homes in Tipperary were left without power.

At least 3,000 homes were still without power on Monday.

People living in some parts of Clonmel, Mullinahone, Ballingarry, Dundrum, Clonulty, Emly, Golden and Cappawhite were among the worst affected areas after the weekend.




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