In the year 1839 there were a lot of people working in Corrandulla, and they were far from home. They went in under the shelter of a hill or a large rock because the wind was knocking the houses. There was one man named Thomas Hession and he said he’d go home, no matter what would happen. When he was going between the mill road and Thomas Kelly’s house, there was a large flood. The wind got so strong there that it took the water three feet high. The poor man spent from nine o’clock at night to morning on the bank there. When they went out in the morning they found Thomas Hession, and he was close to death. The other men who stayed in the shelter were safe.

Written by Eibhlín Ní Ghráinne / Eileen Greaney of Kilgill, from her father Seán Ó Gráinne/John Greaney (61).

Corr an Droma, Book 2, pages 512-513. Link: https://www.duchas.ie/en/cbes/4566057/4562977

Translated by Paul Greaney.

Oíche na Gaoithe Móire – The Night of the Big Wind, Eibhlín Ní Ghráinne

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